Science and Racket Sports II

Science and Racket Sports II

Science and Racket Sports II

Science and Racket Sports II


The proceedings of the Second World Congress of Science and Racket Sports and Fifth International Table Tennis Federation Sports Science Congress contain six keynote lectures which provide the latest research on a range of sport science topics as applied to tennis, table tennis, squash and badminton.
The book is divided into six parts which deal respectively with Physiology, Nutrition, Preparation for Play, Psychological Aspects, Medical, Biomedical and Technical Aspects, and finally Notational Analysis.
Sports scientists, coaches, physiotherapists, physicians and professional from racket sports industries will find that this book gives them access to the latest research from a world-wide group of experts. It will also provide an invaluable resource for undergraduate and postgraduate students.
The editors have expertise in racket sports as well as in the various scientific disciplines covered at the Congresses. They have all been active in promoting the links between scientific theory and coaching practice.


The conference incorporating both the Second World Congress of Science and Racket Sports and the Fifth International Table Tennis Federation Sports Science Congress was held at the National Sports Centre, Lilleshall, Shropshire, uk from April 22-25 1997. the combination of the two conferences was timely and coincided with the 44th World Table Tennis Championships held at Manchester, uk in the week following.

The World Congress of Science and Racket Sports was the second in its series (the first being held at Runcorn, uk in 1993) and has a four-yearly cycle. It is a part of the academic programmes initiated by the World Commission of Sports Biomechanics which, over the last three decades, has promoted applied sports science congresses on swimming, football, golf, and winter sports. the broad aim of these is to bring together scientists whose research work is concerned with particular sports and practitioners in these sports who are interested in obtaining current information about scientific aspects.

The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) holds its Sports Science Congress biannually and this was the fifth in its series (previous congresses being held at Dortmund, Chiba, Gothenberg and Tianjin). It has the aim of promoting and disseminating scientific research specifically within the game of table tennis.

The aims of each congress are thus broadly similar and so when the opportunity arose to combine the two congresses the amalgamation was welcomed by both groups. Joint organising and scientific committees were established and their members worked together to promote the aims of both organisations. the scientific programme consisted of a series of keynote lectures, podium communications, poster presentations and workshops. These were complemented by practical demonstrations in badminton, tennis, table tennis, and squash. the result was a well attended congress with participants from every continent who were able to interact across the scientific disciplines and across the various racket sports.

The organisers are indebted to the ittf whose sponsorship of the combined event ensured its success. the organisers are also grateful for the co-operation and support given by the host country's governing bodies, the Badminton Association of England, the English Table Tennis Association, the Lawn Tennis Association, and the Squash Rackets Association.

Adrian Lees (Chair)

Ian Maynard

Mike Hughes

Thomas Reilly

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