Biomechanics in the Musculoskeletal System / Edition 1

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Learn the principles of biomechanics that will help you improve patient care and further your understanding of the various aspects of musculoskeletal systems. This book examines the principles of mechanical engineering essential to the musculoskeletal system, and makes these concepts relevant to medical professionals and others who may not have the mathematical background of an engineer. Each biomechanical principle is described in five basic steps: definition; description; lay examples; clinical examples; and explanatory notes. Through this well-illustrated, cohesive discussion of biomechanics, you'll find an understandable and logical approach to the musculoskeletal system that will enhance any practice.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: 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.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780443065859
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 1/2/2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 7.46 (w) x 10.45 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Table of Contents

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Chapter One: The Basics

Chapter Two: Motion of Rigid Bodies

Chapter Three: Motions and Loads

Chapter Four: Loads on Rigid Bodies

Chapter Five: Materials Under Loads

Chapter Six: Structures Under Loads

Chapter Seven: Vibrations

Chapter Eight: Joint Friction, Wear, and Lubrication

Chapter Nine: Material Properties


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