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In addition, knurling on a bar enhances friction. Static friction plays critical roles in sports as well. Static friction between a player’s feet and the ground is essential and has been a major consideration when examining shoe design. Greater force and power can only be produced when the individual is in the most stable position. Static friction is important when gripping an object whether it is a baseball, basketball, tennis racquet, or football. Some exercise devices (weighted sled) rely on frictional forces to some extent to provide resistance to the trainee.
The myth of the muscle-bound lifter. NSCA Journal. 1985;7:37–41. 22. Waller M, Piper T, Townsend R. Strongman events and strength and conditioning programs. Strength Condition J. 2003;25: 44–52. CHA P TER Objectives 2 After completing this chapter, you will be able to: • Understand the biomechanics of the neuromuscular system in relation to strength and power performance • Understand how muscle force varies depending on its length and contraction velocity • Understand how acute changes in a pennate muscle’s angle of pennation may limit force production, but how chronic increases resulting from muscle hypertrophy can be advantageous for strength and power increases • Understand the principles of torque and leverage and how altering moment arm length affects joint force production and speed • Understand how force/torque varies throughout full joint range of motion and the ramifications this has for weight training performance • Understand how friction affects force production and sports performance • Understand the principles of stability and how performance is altered via changes in the body’s center of gravity • Understand how mass, inertia, momentum, and impulse affect performance • Understand how lifting performance can be enhanced via various accessories Biomechanics is the science of applying the principles of mechanics to biological systems.
MUSCLE FIBER ARRANGEMENT The arrangement of skeletal muscle fibers plays an important role in their ability to produce force, power, and speed. Two general fiber arrangements are shown, pennate and nonpennate muscles (Fig. 5). Nonpennate muscles have their fibers run parallel to the muscle’s line of pull. Various types of nonpennate muscles exist. , sartorius and rectus abdominis, are long in length. , rhomboids, are flat, four-sided nonpennate muscles. , pectoralis major, gluteus medius, have fibers that radiate from a narrow point of attachment at one end to a broader point of attachment at the opposite end.
ACSM's Foundations of Strength Training and Conditioning by American College of Sports Medicine, Nicholas Ratamess Jr. PhD CSCS*D FNSCA