Logical writing flow: This article
provides a useful step-by-step guide for creating logical flow when writing scientific articles, with examples throughout. For more scientific writing hints and tips, check out these free resources
Principles of writing:
Similarly, I enjoyed David Perell’s three principles of writing mini-essay
: write from abundance (take notes), write from conversation (talk through your ideas), and write in public (publish ideas, encourage discussion, and reflect on feedback).
How we learn to use muscles:
I really enjoyed reading this article
by Gerald Loeb, and got a lot from it. The main discussion points are whether the musculoskeletal system is redundant or overcomplete, whether muscle synergies reduce the dimensionality of motor control, and what neural mechanisms are responsible for motor behavior.
Eccentric exercise and sarcomerogenesis: This editorial
by Walter Herzog and Heiliane de Brito Fontana is an excellent (fairly short) read. The editorial discusses adaptations in the number and length of sarcomeres in muscle following eccentric exercise. I always enjoy reading or watching
anything by Walter Herzog, and this piece is no exception.
Lumbar bone adaptation in cricketers:
What technique factors are associated with the aetiology of lumbar bone mineral adaptation in adolescent cricket fast bowlers? This study
aimed to answer that question, reporting associations with thoracolumbar and lumbopelvic motion, but not vertical ground reaction force independent of body mass.
IOC sports biomechanics textbook:
I don’t claim to have read this cover to cover, but the IOC have made their ‘Biomechanics in Sport’ textbook
freely available to download. Worth grabbing a copy before they change their mind!
This Twitter thread
explains the concept of escape velocity in physics, and uses it to teach some life lessons. If you’re a fellow maths / physics geek, you’ll enjoy the optional working out in here, but if not then you can hopefully still get something useful from the main text.
ISBS Newsletter and Videos:
The recent ISBS newsletter
(my first as VP Publications) contains 36 pages of content, including updates on conferences and grants, as well as student updates and the experiences of biomechanists at the Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo. On a related note, we launched the ISBS video repository
in the members area of the website. This includes all presentation videos from the 2021 conference, 2021 mid-year symposium (both for members only
), 2020 conference
, and Sports Biomechanics Lecture Series
Is academic publishing broken?
Whilst this is a podcast episode
and not something I read, it’s worth a mention. This was one of the best podcast episodes I’ve listened to in a while. Grant Abt and Vanessa Yingling discuss the merits and challenges of the academic publishing system, and what can be done to improve it.
Outlook Calendar Tips:
Another one that’s not technically a ‘read’, but I got a lot from this video series
by Research Masterminds. The three short videos are great to help you get the most out of Outlook Calendar. There are so many functions that I wasn’t aware of and will be using from now on.