A new book authored by RMIT experts in sports technology and engineering has been officially launched at the Design Hub.
The handbook offers a comprehensive review of sports technology and engineering.
The launch of the Routledge Handbook of Sports Technology and Engineering was co-hosted with the Australian Sports Technology Network and industry partners.
Professor Franz Fuss and Professor Aleksandar Subic from the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering collaborated with fellow experts in the field, Dr Martin Strangwood from Birmingham University and Dr Rabi Mehta from NASA Ames Centre in California, to create the handbook.
RMIT has a long history in sports engineering research, starting with the development of the RMIT-AIS Superbike, featured on the front cover of the book.
The development of smart equipment is essential for preparing future generations of athletes. Having an edge over other competitors - even if it means winning only by milliseconds or centimetres - is crucial.
The book is the first of its kind to offer a comprehensive survey of contemporary sports technology and engineering, and provide a complete overview of academic, professional and industrial knowledge and techniques.
The handbook lists instrumentation equipment, summer and winter mobility sports (bicycles, rowing, wheelchairs, snowboards, cross-country skiing, ice hockey skates), apparel and protection equipment (shoes, helmets, mountaineering equipment, garments), sports implements (golf clubs, tennis racquets, baseball bats, ice hockey sticks), sports balls (golf, cricket, baseball, hockey, oval, tennis, soccer), and sports surfaces and facilities.
The book is written for a postgraduate audience and will be the major reference text in the field of sports technology and engineering, complementing the international journal Sports Technology, recently referenced in Scopus, and published by Routledge (Taylor & Francis).