SPORTS BIOMECHANICS IN THE YEAR 2000: SOME OBSERVATIONS ON TRAJECTORY

  • Jackie L. Hudson
Keywords: immature science, normal/mature science, folk science, applied science

Abstract

The purpose of this article is to present a vantage point for examining the trajectory of sports biomechanics at the millennial cusp. The classic texts of Kuhn and Ravetz are used to develop multiple perspectives on the history and sociology of science. A sketch of sports biomechanics is drawn from participation at previous international symposia and compared to the historical and sociological perspectives. If history can be used as a guide, sports biomechanists may need to be more self-reflexive if we are to avoid many of the pitfalls of immature and applied sciences.