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In" Secrets to Success in Sport & Play: A Practical Guide to Skill Development, " author Marianne Torbert provides insights into biomechanical principles that will help parents, players, teachers, and coaches understand how to creatively and scientifically improve players' skills.
This revised text presents
- instruction on improving balance--which in turn affects agility, power, and accuracy of movement;
- guidance in improving the understanding of spins--which can enhance performance in sports such as basketball, tennis, bowling, soccer, and golf;
- insight into the basic mechanics of movement that can be applied to many sports and play;
- experiments and activities to hone and develop players' biomechanical abilities and form problem-solving intuitions and habits that can be used in many sports; and
- true-or-false questions at the end of each chapter (correct answers are detailed in an appendix) to test readers' knowledge of the material.
The engaging text is presented in an easy-to-understand format with more than 100 illustrations that drive home the principles. The secrets to success unfold page by page as you learn about the biomechanical principles involved in acquiring and refining sport skills. Players are excited to learn these skills because they can see improvement as they learn and practice.
Play can greatly contribute to personal growth and quality of life. It can open doors to social interaction and to enhanced self-confidence. Everyone can learn and improve skills and increase their joy of participating in games and sports. With "Secrets to Success in Sport & Play," players will do just that.
Chapter 1. Teaching and Learning; Chapter 2. Balance; Chapter 3. Initiating Movement; Chapter 4. Force; Chapter 5. Preparing Your Body; Chapter 6. Rebound, Deflection, Spins, and Roll Patterns; Chapter 7. Projectiles; Chapter 8. Direction and Accuracy; Chapter 9. Visual Evaluation; Chapter 10. Activities to Habituate the Mechanical Principles of Movement.
Marianne Torbert, PhD, is director of the Leonard Gordon Institute for Human Development Through Play at Temple University in Philadelphia. A street athlete at age 6 and a national participant at 16, Torbert has played, studied and taught kinesiology for several years.