Sports Medicine

, Volume 49, Issue 5, pp 827–829 | Cite as

Comment on: “Challenging Conventional Paradigms in Applied Sports Biomechanics Research”

  • Howie J. CarsonEmail author
  • Dave Collins
Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

We read with interest a recent paper by Glazier and Mehdizadeh [1] on the application of biomechanics within applied sport settings. Their article challenges several conventional techniques and assumptions purportedly prevalent within the sports biomechanics domain. Consequently, two main conclusions are drawn; firstly, that it is inherently flawed to rely on group-based data when working with an athlete to modify their already existing movement pattern and, secondly, that biomechanists and coaches should be more circumspect when interpreting the results of biomechanical research because studies do not account for the pre-existing characteristics of the specific athlete in question. Within the authors’ arguments, several important factors are realised that attest to the ongoing difficulties and complexity that so well defines real-world practice in sport [2, 3]. In this regard, we welcome such attention as a contrast to the often too reductionist approaches of...


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Howie J. Carson and Dave Collins declare that they have no conflicts of interest that are directly relevant to the content of this letter.


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  1. 1.Institute for Coaching and PerformanceUniversity of Central LancashirePrestonUK

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