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Physics Of Wrestling
Transcript of Physics Of Wrestling
Newton's First Law of Motion in Wrestling
Wrestling has been said to date back to the times of the Sumerians, 5000 years ago. But it was said to be the most popular when wrestling was in Ancient Greece. For the Greeks, wrestling was a science and art, and it represented the most important form of training for young men. Fights in Ancient Greece were similar to the freestyle form of wrestling and the competitor who first threw his opponent or first brought him down either on his back, hips, chest, knees, or elbows was proclaimed winner.
History Of Wresting
Object continues in its state of rest, or of uniform motion straight line, unless it is compelled to change that state by forces impressed upon it
An example of this of this physics concept is a ball that is resting motionless on the field, until a person kicks the ball. The ball in this case is an object that is in a state of rest and the person that kicks the ball is the force that causes it to move
Newton's First Law of Motion in Wrestling
This physics concept can be applied to wrestling when you observe the beginning of a match and two wrestlers face off by virtue of the fact that neither one of the wrestlers are moving and are for a lack of a better term at rest. It is only until one wrestler attacks the other in an attempt to pin him down. In wrestling the attacking wrestler is the force that causes the other wrestler to leave his state of rest and go into a state of motion. Newton’s First Law of Motion can be beneficial to the wrestler if he is the one to use the most speed and force to get his opponent to the ground.
Newton's Second Law of Motion in Wrestling
Acceleration is produced when a force acts on a mass. The greater the mass of the object being accelerated, the greater the amount of force needed to accelerate the object.
Plainly states that heavier objects require more force
the move the same distance as lighter objects
An example of this Newton’s Second Law of Motion in wrestling is that if a wrestler has an opponent that weighs 100 kg and the wrestler is planning to unbalance his opponent with 50 newtons of force. The wrestler would have to charge at his opponent at 0.5 meters per second or more if he wants to unbalance his opponent.
50 = 100 x A
50/100 = 100/100 x A
0.5 = A
"Whenever one exerts a force on a second object, the second object exerts an equal and opposite force on the first object"
“Every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.”
Newton's Third Law of Motion in Wrestling
Inertia is the internal property that allows an object to resist change while it is in motion.
An example of inertia is if a ball was to roll across a frictionless surface, while in an airless room. Due to the fact that there is no force that is disturbing the ball’s inertia, the ball could roll forever.
For a wrestler, it is key that he maintains his inertia through his positioning or he potentially faces being taken down by his opponent.
The point at which all the weight of an object appears to be concentrated.
A low center of gravity is important to not only a wrestler’s physical ability but it also makes it harder for the wrestler’s opponent to knock the wrestler on to the mat.
Low center of gravity is also useful when a player must overpower their challenger through sheer force, which can be done by grabbing them by the waist, hoisting them off the ground, and slamming them onto the mat.
Center of Gravity
Something that is applied to an object at an angle in order to make it rotate.
The average person uses torque every day when they open a door because their hand is causing the door knob to rotate.
A wrestler essentially becomes a torque when he is tossing his opponent over his head, because he is causing his opponent to pivot. Joe Binaldi is shown above using torque and leverage to slam his opponent to the ground.