If you spend time on this page, you are probably interested in the science behind the racquetball. I am always interested studying the game and its processes, and I love to surround my self with ideas, so I welcome intelligent discussion on these and other similiar topics. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org . Coming soon: www.thescienceofracquetball.com *New information will be posted at the top of this page.
The first item is a podcast featuring Vietta Wilson. Vietta is a world renowned sport psychologist who worked with many of the Canadian Olympians as they prepard for Vancouver. She talks about her experience with biofeedback and athletes from the very beginning to her most recent sucesses.
The second item is an article about neurofeedback, which is a specific type of biofeedback that reads brain waves.
Here are some pictures of a presentation at a sports pychology class at Denver University done by Neuro Agility. This company specializes in brain wave biofeedback. On the screen, I could see the different types of waves my brain was producing. The waves alpha, beta, delta and theta are each associated with certain a conscious state. For example: alpha waves are associated with a relaxed yet alert state. Contact Kerri Honaker for more information.
This is a 2 minute video of a the beginning of a biofeedback session. I am hooked up to 5 different physiological sensors, CO2 exhaled, breath rate, heart rate, hand temperature, heart wave, and muscle tension in my neck, as I am watching my self play a quarterfinal pro match. As expected, my 'stress' readings rose during the 'stressful' parts of the match. I am still studying the data from this session.
Dr. Whitehouse, EdD Sports Psychology/ Somatic Experience (303) 717-8200
This is an examination of the Forehand Stroke, specifically the physics behind the movement. Pdf File, 15 Pages Note: In May 09, I read some information about the average newtons of force produced per by square cm of muscle tissue that may conflict with the calculations in this paper. If you know biomechancis/physics and can doublecheck the math in this paper, I would like to hear your thoughts.