The Science of Sports and Fitness is the second of four books on sports science by Dr. Michael J. St. Pierre, a professor of physical activity and sport at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
The Science of Sport is a concise and accessible guide to the science of sport, covering a wide range of topics, including the biomechanics of running, football, basketball, baseball, soccer, hockey, rugby, soccer player, tennis, track and field, and other sports.
St. Pierre said that, while his book is not intended to be comprehensive, it does cover a wide array of topics.
He cited the role of genetics and how sports science has evolved since the 1950s as an example.
“Genetics has allowed us to understand the mechanics of muscle fibers, to develop techniques to measure the muscle fibers’ activity, to measure their flexibility, and to predict how fast the muscle fiber will contract.
And now we are developing ways to use these insights to develop better athletic performance.”
St. Paul, Minn.-based St. Paul Pioneer Press acquired the rights to the Science of Science and Sport in 2007, and published it in paperback in the United States in 2011.
In addition to the book, St. Pinos’ Science of Physical Activity and Sports is available for free download on Amazon.com.
St Pierre said he plans to update the book with new content over the next few years.
“We will be updating it as we see new topics, such as the effects of altitude on the human body, on the body’s thermoregulatory response to altitude, and on how the body uses the blood supply to regulate temperature,” St. Patrick said.
“In the near future, we will have more information to share on the physiology of different sports and their effects on the skin, bones, and muscles.
That will help us understand the physiological changes that are associated with sports, and they will inform our athletic training.”
The Science and Science of Athletic Training is available in English and French.
You can also buy the book online for $14.99 at Amazon.