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.
- Identify and define important parameters influencing projectile motion
- Express a real-world problem in terms of projectile motion
- Calculate projectile motion parameters
- Compare values for two or more conditions
- Discuss the concept of ecological validity in scientific testing
McErlain-Naylor, Stuart A.
"Problem based learning: a netball / basketball shooting problem for projectile motion,"
ISBS Proceedings Archive: Vol. 39:
2, Article 4.
Available at: https://commons.nmu.edu/isbs/vol39/iss2/4