Sports Engineering

, Volume 16, Issue 3, pp 137–154

A review of recent research into aerodynamics of sport projectiles

Invited paper

DOI: 10.1007/s12283-013-0117-z

Cite this article as:
Goff, J.E. Sports Eng (2013) 16: 137. doi:10.1007/s12283-013-0117-z


A review of aerodynamics research connected to sport projectiles is presented here. The review’s focus is on work conducted in the current millennium, though deference is made to some classic work still invaluable to modern research. Besides serving as a resource for seasoned scientists and engineers, this article is especially geared toward young investigators who are just beginning careers in sport science. Basic and sophisticated methods are discussed, including vacuum physics, air drag, lift, numerical approaches, trajectory analysis, wind tunnels, and computational fluid dynamics. Eighteen sports are discussed with an eye to future research.


Aerodynamics Archery Arrow Badminton Baseball Basketball CFD Computational fluid dynamics Cricket Discus Drag Football Golf Hammer throw Ice hockey Javelin Lift Rugby Sepaktakraw Shuttlecock Ski jumping Sport Soccer Tennis Trajectory analysis Volleyball Whiffle ball Wind tunnel 

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© International Sports Engineering Association 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhysicsLynchburg CollegeLynchburgUSA

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