Advantage Play

Technologies that Changed Sporting History

By Steve Haake

Format: Hardback

Availability: In stock

RRP: £16.99

Price: £16.99

Special Price £15.29

Unfortunately, due to sales rights restrictions, we cannot offer Advantage Play for sale in your country.

Birlinn Limited

Birlinn publishes mostly non-fiction books, ranging from biography to history, military history and Scottish interest. Their imprints, Polygon Books, Arena Sport Books and John Donald Books, publish a wide variety of genres including culture, literary fiction, poetry and sports.

Product Description

Details

Advantage Play tells the dramatic stories of the key technological breakthroughs in four thousand years of sporting history used to gain an advantage in sport. Novel materials are never far away: rubber for rugby and tennis balls, carbon fibre for bikes and prosthetics, polyurethane for swimsuits. Breakthroughs crop up throughout history, not just for modern football boots but for the javelin of the ancient Greeks and even the original starting line at Olympia. Our obsession with sporting data is not new although our methods of collecting it is: phones, sensors and monitors.

Together, these breakthroughs reveal that the way we design sports equipment has always been much the same. Rather than being a new thing, sports technology is actually as old as civilisation.

Where will it all end? All current track and field events at the modern Olympic Games will reach their limit within a generation. With his 30 years as a sports engineer, Steve Haake shows that in a world where top performances are static, where we've found all the best athletes and deployed the best coaching methods, the one thing that might distinguish the winners from the losers is new technology.

Additional Information

Additional Information

Format Hardback
Imprint Birlinn Limited
Publication Date 4 Oct 2018
ISBN 9781909715592
Number of Pages 320

Customer Reviews

Write Your Own Review

Only registered users can write reviews. Please, log in or register

You may also like