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As a sport scientist working in a multi-sport organisation, the national netball or basketball coach approaches you with a question. They currently use defenders during shooting practice but are concerned about the extra demands this is placing on their defenders during a congested competition period. The coach wants to know whether removing the defenders from the practice environment will affect the trajectory of the shots. If so, they wonder if a mannequin defender could be used as a compromise.

Problem Title: The effect of a defender on netball/ basketball shooting

Course Level: Undergraduate Introductory.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Identify and define important parameters influencing projectile motion
  2. Express a real-world problem in terms of projectile motion
  3. Calculate projectile motion parameters
  4. Compare values for two or more conditions
  5. Discuss the concept of ecological validity in scientific testing