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From The CriticsReviewer: William C. Whiting, PhD (California State University, Northridge)
Description: This book concisely presents the fundamentals of human musculoskeletal biomechanics, with emphasis on health, disease, and research applications. It provides a balanced presentation of key biomechanical concepts and examples of clinical application for professionals with non-mathematical backgrounds.
Purpose: The stated goal is to teach the fundamentals of biomechanics to a variety of professionals who deal with the musculoskeletal system. The authors are published authorities in the area of musculoskeletal biomechanics and have produced a well structured and comprehensive book that fulfills its intended purpose well.
Audience: The intended audience includes anatomists, athletic trainers, bioengineers, chiropractors, internists, neurosurgeons, physiatrists, physical therapists, physiologists, rehabilitation therapists, rheumatologists, sports medicine specialists, veterinarians, and others with interests in the musculoskeletal system.
Features: The book takes an encyclopedic approach in presenting biomechanical principles, each of which is presented by definition, followed by detailed description, examples, and in-depth explanatory notes. A wide array of principles is presented, including motion of rigid bodies, rigid body and material loading, structures under loads, vibrations, material properties, and joint friction, wear, and lubrication. The book is well illustrated and avoids complex mathematical formulations, focusing instead on biomechanical principles and their practical application.
Assessment: The authors have combined their extensive, collective expertise to produce a readable and comprehensive book on musculoskeletal biomechanics. This should prove to be a valuable reference for a wide spectrum of health and exercise science professionals.