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Justin Keogh Nhs
04-05-1998, 08:11 PM
Dear List,

In sports such as rugby and American football, collisions between
players occur frequently. In simple situatutions eg a bat hitting a
ball, the object with the greatest momentum (the bat) will continue in
its current path (albeit at a slower velocity) and the ball will
change direction.

However in contact sports, it does not appear that the player with the
greatest momentum always wins out. While differences in height of each
player's centre of gravity, direction and application of force are
important, what other biomechanical factors play a role? And how do
they inter-relate to effect the outcome.

Has any published research been conducted in this area?

I will post responses to this question.


Justin Keogh.

Justin Keogh BHMS (Hons)
Griffith University, Gold Coast
School of Exercise Science
Room 3.32 NHS
07 5594 8941 (W) 0419 714 921 (M)