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The concepts and the possibilities provided by information and communication technologies have influenced and changed practically all aspects of our daily life. Sport and leisure activities are no exception at all from this observation. The present book offers snapshots of situations where Information Technology (IT; i.e., computer hardware and software) has been really helpful in supporting sporting activities, or has the potential to do so. This is due to the ever increasing processing power, and to IT's capability of modelling and solving problems which are of great help for a variety of sports disciplines. The present book offers a wealth of information, including the following subject areas: Coaching and training; biomedical modelling and motion analysis; Development of new sport games; Sports and robotics; New management The area of sports (and in particular the support of sports through IT) is a particularly delicate one. Many ethical issues need to be addressed (e.g., in biomechanics), and computers can comparably easily be misused. Experience indicates that some (athletes or managers) will stop short at nothing if they can profit from it.The present book is a very important step in order to improve the visibility of "computers and sport" as a discipline which is of highest relevance for the future - both scientifically and economically.

BusinessIndustry & industrial studiesService industriesSport & leisure industriesComputing & ITComputer scienceSport & HobbiesSports & outdoor recreation Publisher: WIT Press Publication Date: 25/04/2008 ISBN-13: 9781845640644  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Dr Peter Dabnichki is visiting professor in the University of Vienna where he teaches biomechanics and informatics. He is a member of the board of directors of the International Association of Computer Science in Sport and serves on the editorial board of the journal Structural Durability & Health Monitoring. He is also editorial board member of the book series "Computational and Experimental Methods in Structures" with responsibility for selecting contributions from world leading experts in the biomedical area. He has been involved in the support of Olympic teams and provided biomechanics support for British athletes at the Olympic games in Salt Lake City. His research interests are focused around applications of smart technologies in the areas of medicine, sport and biomechanics such as Intelligent systems in medicine and sport, Pervasive computing in medicine and sport , Modelling in biomechanics, Biology inspired design, and Sport Engineering. A large part of his research is devoted to the biomechanics of human locomotion, specifically in sport activities such as swimming, running and throwing. He provided science support for the British bobsleigh and skeleton national teams in their preparation for the Winter Olympic games in Salt Lake City. He is strongly involved in technological developments for high performance sport in conjunction with the UK Sport Institute and is an acting member of the Winter Sports Innovation group of the BOA. He holds a research grant from the UK Sport Institute and industrial sponsorship for the design of a pervasive computer system for cross-sport application. The leading Olympic athletes for technique improvement have used the system. He also obtained a grant by the British Olympic Association, British Bob Skeleton Association and British Bobsleigh Association Grant for provision of Sport Science support for skeleton and bobsleigh teams Professor Arnold Baca is head of the Section of Biomechanics, Kinesiology and Applied Computer Science of the Department of Sport Science at the University of Vienna, Austria, a department he joined in 1998. He received the Engineering Diploma in Computer Science in 1984 (summa cum laude) and the Ph.D. (Thesis: "Variance-reducing techniques for simulation methods in system reliability analysis" in 1986 (summa cum laude) from the Technical University Vienna. In 1998 he received the Habilitation in "Applied Computer Science in Biomechanics and Kinesiology" from the University of Vienna. Since 1998 Prof. Baca has been Associate Professor at the Section of Biomechanics, Kinesiology and Applied Computer Science (Department of Sport Science) at the University of Vienna. He is Editor in Chief of the e-Journal "International Journal of Computer Science in Sport" and reviewer of several national and foreign scientific journals, such as Journal of Biomechanics, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, European Journal of Applied Physiology and IEEE Transactions on Reliability. In 1999, he organised the 2nd International Symposium on Computer Science in Sport in Vienna, Austria. Current research activity: Computer Science Applied to Biomechanics Feedback Systems in Sports Multimedia and Information Systems in Sports Biomechanics of Rowing Game Analysis in Table Tennis

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