John H Holmes Memorial Lectures for 10-14 year olds, given by Northumbria University's School of Life Sciences
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Date: 18th January 2012
Time: 17:00 - 18:00
Venue: RB Green Lecture Theatre, Dental School
The human body is a complex structure, with interlinked systems that are finely controlled by the brain so that we can perform efficiently during our everyday activities. During sports exercise, the body can be stressed to its maximum capacity, and there is a very fine line between an athlete’s best performance and when they are working beyond their absolute capacity.
In three lectures, we look at how the human body performs in sport, and how sports scientists measure the function of our different organs and systems, to help us understand how the body performs at its best.Maximum performance in sport depends partly on how the human body moves and interacts with its surroundings. ‘Biomechanics’ is the study of how our muscles move our skeletons to perform efficiently, for example when running, throwing a ball or swimming. In biomechanics, we use cutting-edge electronic and video-based equipment to analyse athletes’ movements, to help them achieve the improvements in performance they need to win. This lecture will demonstrate some of the exciting technologies used in the biomechanical assessment of athletic performance.