The position our body is in affects balance and stability, which result in improved performance
Centre of Gravity Centre of gravity can be defined as the point at which all parts of the body are equally balanced. Because the centre of mass is the point of an object where all parts are evenly balanced, it changes depending upon what position the body is in.
Centre of gravity can lie inside / outside the body CoG lies around the navel in neutral upright position with arms at side
Line of Gravity Line of gravity is the vertical line that passes through the centre of gravity to the ground. The line of gravity is important when determining stability: If the line of gravity falls within the object/persons base of support the object is relatively stable. If the line of gravity falls outside the object/persons base of support….
Stability Stability is vital for all movements. Improved stability often allows skills to be executed more effectively. Stability can be improved through increasing abdominal strength. This improves body control and speed as a person is able to move their centre of gravity in a direction more effectively.
Levers The amount of leverage a person possesses is dependent on the length of their body, in particular the length of their arms and legs. Longer levers result in greater speed at the end of the lever arms – this is beneficial for throwing and striking objects. Short levers can be moved with less force and at greater speeds – this is beneficial for moving body parts quickly and applying strength for pushing, pulling and lifting objects.
Levers in the human body can be manipulated to improve speed and apply large forces at the same time
Kicking Ball 1. Leg is bent allowing the leg to move faster 2. Leg straightens, to allow maximum velocity and force to be applied to the ball.
Running speed and length of levers 1. Discuss the relative merits of long and short levers in a sprinter AND 2. How a sprinter manipulates the length of levers to maximise force.
When raising the leg off the ground, a sprinter bends the leg by flexing the knee, creating a short lever which allows them to quickly move the leg into a tuck position underneath the hips. The knee is then extended outwards, so a large stride can be taken, allowing the sprinter to cover a large amount of horizontal distance before the leg presses against the ground carrying them forward. A long lever – when their leg pushes off the ground – allows a large amount of force to be imparted into the ground, allowing the sprinter to move forward with greater speed.
Short people are stronger than tall people Identify two arguments in support of (pro) and against (con) this statement. Much of this comes down to what strength is – how short levers and long levers can be used to generate force for human movement.
Short people have shorter levers because their body segments (e.g. upper arms) are a shorter length, therefore they can apply more force with those levers – wrestlers and power lifters are typically short and have well-built physiques. Tall people could be stronger than short people when applying force at high speeds (such as swinging a tennis racquet at a ball) – the end of their levers (such as their arms) is travelling at a greater momentum and can therefore impart more speed into the object being propelled.