Cover Osteuropa 10/2009

In Osteuropa 10/2009

Faster, Higher, Farther
Biomechanics between West and East

Stefan Rohdewald

Deutsche Fassung


Biomechanics arose in the former Soviet Union as the adaptation of Western concepts for the rationalisation of labour. Under Stalinism, it was suppressed; in the 1960s, it became a field of science. At the same time, kinesiology in the United States experienced an upswing. Western scientists absorbed the results of their Soviet colleagues. Together, they advanced the research. Biomechanics influenced training methods in competitive sports, which became a theatre of the competition in sport technology.

(Osteuropa 10/2009, pp. 185–199)