TACTICAL APPLICATION OF BIOMECHANICS TO VOLLEYBALL USING INTERACTIVE COMPUTER SOFTWARE

  • Simon G.S. Coleman
Keywords: volleyball, spiking, aerodynamics, fluid dynamics

Abstract

Biomechanics of the techniques of volleyball players have been studied in several research papers (Coleman et aI, 1993, Huang et ai, 1998), but the application of fluid dynamics to the behaviour of volleyballs after spiking impact has only been investigated in one study (Kao et ai, 1994). The tactical uses of information on the flight of volleyballs were considered briefly in Kao et al.'s paper, but there were some omissions and errors concerning players' tactical capabilities. It was therefore the aim of this study to design and construct computer software which would allow coaching staff (or their support teams) to make objective decisions about defensive and offensive tactics in volleyball.
Section
Equipment / Instrumentation