“A true champion works hard and never loses sight of her dreams!” ~ Dot Richardson
Dot Richardson was born on September 22, 1961 in Orlando, FL. She was an American softball player who was a member of the Olympic gold-medal-winning teams in 1996 and 2000.
She was an Olympian before she became an orthopedic surgeon. She has a master’s degree in exercise physiology. She competed as a softball player for the United States National Team during the 1996 Olympic Games, where she hit the home run to win a gold medal during the championship game.
Richardson was inducted into the National Softball Hall of Fame in 2006.
In this unit we will be learning all about sports science, biomechanics and anthropometric characteristics. We will be monitoring our hearts doing different exercise activities. We will also implement March madness into our lessons…haha! Only because I love this time of year and I love basketball.
Richardson Bonus: Go to a local sporting event at SUU / High School or visit a fitness gym
In our unit on Dot Richardson and Sports medicine/Biomechanics, we will learning about human anatomy, sports science, biomechanics, how our bodies get energy and use energy and how our bodies basically work, especially when it comes to sports. We will be learning how anthropometric characteristics work to our advantage and disadvantage in sports.
“Anthropometric characteristics are traits that describe body dimensions, such as height, weight, girth, and body fat composition. The physical therapist uses tests and measures to quantify anthropometric traits and to compare an individual’s current data with his or her previous data or with relevant predictive norms.”
Biomechanics is the science concerned with the internal and external forces acting on the human body and the effects produced by these forces. More specifically, Biomechanics is the study of human movement and describes the forces which cause this movement.
What is the role of Biomechanics?
Biomechanics can play a crucial role in both injury prevention as well as performance enhancement. It is important for athletes of all ages and skill levels to understand the importance of education to develop proper mechanics. Education can come in multiple forms, but with the emphasis on the visual learner in today’s society, visual feedback is one of the most effective ways to modify an athlete’s technique and allow them to perform at the most efficient level possible. An athlete’s ability to perform efficiently and injury free are two key features in performance outcome and can both be improved with Biomechanical analysis.
So go get your head in the game and have fun cheering on your local sports teams!