Jackie Joiner-Kersee

Olympics and Biomechanics

The Olympics shows us the amazing capabilities of the human body; biomechanics shows us how the body achieves those boundary-pushing feats.

For individuals curious about how runner Usain Bolt achieved his world records or how gymnast Simone Biles gains sufficient height for her signature moves, Biomechanics of Movement provides a clearly written explanation of both the biology and the physics behind such movements.


Beyond the fundamentals, the book integrates in findings from cutting-edge scientific studies to explain the how and why behind athletic performance, such as:

  • The role of the soleus muscle in running faster (Chapter 12)
  • The biomechanics that make the “Fosbury flop” high-jump technique (left) so effective and how we can use optimization approaches to discover potential improvements (Chapter 9)

Biomechanics of Movement

The Science of Sports, Robotics, and Rehabilitation

by Thomas K. Uchida and Scott L. Delp
Illustrations by David Delp

Here you will find resources to deepen your knowledge of biomechanics and connect you with the vibrant communities and technologies that are redefining the field.


Published by MIT Press