Sports Biomechanics is the official scientific journal of the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports (ISBS). The journal sets out to generate knowledge to improve sports performance and reduce the incidence of injury, and to communicate this knowledge to sports scientists, coaches, and sports participants.
Sports Biomechanics is unique in its emphasis on sports techniques and sports injuries. As well as maintaining scientific rigor, there is a strong editorial emphasis on 'reader friendliness.' By emphasizing the practical implications and applications of research in sports biomechanics, the journal seeks to benefit sports practitioners directly.
Sports Biomechanics publishes papers in four sections: Original Research, Reviews, Teaching, and New Methods and Theoretical Perspectives.
- In 2002, the first issue of Sports Biomechanics was published by the Edinburgh University Press. Dr. Ross Sanders was the founding editor. Two issues were published a year.
- In 2004, Dr. Roger Bartlett became the editor of the journal.
- In 2006, Taylor & Francis acquired the journal and Thomson Reuter started covering Sports Biomechanics in their citation products such as Scientific Citation Index Expanded, Journal Citation Reports, and Web of Knowledge.
- In 2007, Taylor & Francis started publishing the journal three times a year. Dr. Young-Hoo Kwon joined as a co-editor of the journal.
- In 2008, Dr. Young-Hoo Kwon became the editor of the journal.
- In 2009, Taylor & Francis started publishing the journal four time a year. The first impact factor was reported: 0.451 (2008). Sports Biomechanics was ranked 58/71 in Sport Sciences and 45/51 in Biomedical Engineering.
- In 2010, Sports Biomechanics was in its ninth year of circulation. The impact factor has increased to 0.762 (2009) which ranked 50/72 in Sports Sciences and 50/59 in Biomedical Engineering.
- In 2011, the impact factor has increased to 0.763 (2010) which ranked 55/79 in Sports Sciences and 53/69 in Biomedical Engineering.
- In 2012, the impact factor has increased to 0.926 (2011) which ranked 56/85 in Sports Sciences and 56/72 in Biomedical Engineering.
- In 2013, the impact factor has dropped to 0.737 (2012) which ranked 60/84 in Sports Sciences and 64/78 in Biomedical Engineering.
- In 2014, Dr. Daniel Fong became the editor of the journal.
- In 2014, the impact factor has increased to 0.867 (2013) which ranked 57/81 in Sports Sciences and 60/77 in Biomedical Engineering.
- In 2015, the impact factor has increased to 1.154 (2014) which ranked 53/81 in Sports Sciences.