The relevance of sports science knowledge to coaches: Does research transfer to practice? (STS research paper)

Madden, Thomas, Engineering Science, University of Virginia
Blemker, Silvia, EN-Biomed Engr Dept, University of Virginia
Lee, Jongmin, School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Virginia

This paper aims to aid the understanding of the inhibited transfer of knowledge from sports science to the coaching practice by investigating the relevance of sports science knowledge and its application in the coaching context.

Technical Report:
The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship between AT MA length and elastic energy recoil during the SSC. To accomplish this, the study first aimed to use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and performance data of collegiate basketball athletes to determine the effect of AT MA length on the enhancement of power output in the SSC during vertical jumps. Then, this study aimed to assess the contribution of tendon elastic energy to vertical jump SSC performance using simulations of a musculoskeletal model and determining the relationship between AT MA length and elastic energy recoil in the tendon during the CMJ. Because a shorter MA may lead to greater elastic energy storage in the tendon (Scholz et al., 2008), it was predicted that AT MA length would correlate inversely with SSC performance in vertical jumping, and that elastic energy would contribute appreciably to SSC performance.

BS (Bachelor of Science)
Sports research, Coaching knowledge

Other title: Effect of achilles tendon moment arm length on elastic energy recoil in vertical jumping (Technical report);
School of Engineering and Applied Science; Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering; Technical Advisor: Silvia Blemker; STS Advisor: Jongmin Lee

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