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Like the groundbreaking first edition, Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise, Second Edition, introduces exercise and sport biomechanics in simple and concise terms rather than focusing on complex math and physics. With a unique presentation of biomechanical concepts supported with illustrations, the book helps students learn to appreciate external forces and their effects, how the body generates forces to maintain position, and how forces create movement in physical activities.

Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise, Second Edition, allows students to discover the principles of biomechanics through observation of common activities. By observing ordinary activities firsthand, students will be able to develop functional and meaningful explanations, resulting in a deeper understanding of the underlying mechanical concepts. This practical approach combines striking visual elements with clear and concise language to encourage active learning and improved comprehension.

Many new benefits are in the second edition for students and instructors alike:

-More sample problems throughout the book to illustrate problem-solving techniques

-A quick reference guide of frequently used equations printed on the inside cover

-A new chapter on technology used in the study of biomechanics

-Review questions at the end of each chapter to test the reader's understanding of important concepts

-A new instructor guide outlining each chapter and step-by-step solutions to the quantitative problems presented, as well as a test package
Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise, Second Edition, is ideal for those needing a deeper understanding of biomechanics from a qualitative perspective. Designed for students who will likely take only one course in biomechanics, the text prepares students to utilize the principles of biomechanics as professionals in the physical activity field. Thoroughly updated and expanded, Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise, Second Edition, makes the biomechanics of physical activity easy to understand and apply.

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Reviewer: Brad Bowser, MS, PhDC (University of Georgia)
Description: Similar to the first edition of this book published in1999, the second edition provides a comprehensive examination of mechanics as they relate to the human body in exercise and sports. Different than most books on biomechanics, it starts first by describing the underlying mechanical principles that act on the body. It then gives information on those same mechanical principles within the body followed by several sections that apply the mechanical principles to various situations in sport and exercise.
Purpose: In the words of the author, the goal of this book is to present an introduction to the biomechanics of human movement in a clear, concise, reader-friendly manner. This objective is important in helping those students with a limited understanding of math and physics. Due to the simplicity of the examples and the several practice problems at the end of each chapter, many of the difficult mechanical principles are easy to understand.
Audience: This textbook was written primarily for undergraduate kinesiology, exercise science, and physical education students. Furthermore, this book can be used by those students with a limited background in math and physics. It would be particularly useful for those who go into sports studies or coaching. The author is a credible authority in biomechanics and a leader in his field.
Features: Divided into three main sections, the book begins with specific information on the mechanical principles commonly used in biomechanics while filtering out the unnecessary information. By placing mechanics first, the book emphasizes their importance in biomechanics and allows students to see more clearly how mechanics can be applied to the body. The examples and practice problems new to this edition also help the student understand and provide insight into how to apply mechanical principles to the body. One helpful unique feature is the front cover of the book, which includes a quick reference of several equations and abbreviations commonly used in biomechanics. One concern is that those students who have a background in math and physics may find this book too simplistic and redundant.
Assessment: This book is very effective in explaining how mechanical principles can be applied to the body during sport and exercise for those with limited knowledge in math and physics. The examples and practice problems added to this edition, along with the rearranging of the order of presentation (mechanics being discussed first), justify the replacement of the previous edition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736051019
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/1/2004
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 424
  • Product dimensions: 8.46 (w) x 11.24 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter M. McGinnis, PhD, is a professor in the department of exercise science and sport studies at the State University of New York, College at Cortland, where he has taught since 1990. Before 1990, Dr. McGinnis was an assistant professor in the department of kinesiology at the University of Northern Colorado. During that time he served as a sport biomechanist in the Sports Science Division of the U.S. Olympic Committee in Colorado Springs, where he conducted applied sport biomechanics research, tested athletes, taught biomechanics courses to coaches, and developed educational materials for coaches.

Dr. McGinnis is also a biomechanist for the pole vault event for USA Track and Field. As a member of the American Society of Testing Materials, he serves as chair of a task group on pole vault helmets and secretary of a pole vault equipment subcommittee. He has authored numerous articles and technical reports about the biomechanics of pole vaulting, and has been a reviewer for Sports Biomechanics, the Journal of Applied Biomechanics, Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, and the Journal of Sports Sciences.

Dr. McGinnis is a member of numerous professional organizations including the American College of Sports Medicine; American Society of Biomechanics; and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. He received a PhD in physical education from the University of Illinois in 1984 and a BS in engineering from Swarthmore College in 1976.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Why Study Biomechanics?

-What Is Biomechanics?

-What Are the Goals of Exercise and Sport Biomechanics?

-The History of Sport Biomechanics

-The Organization of Mechanics

-Basic Dimensions Used in Mechanics

Part I: External Biomechanics: External Forces and Their Effects on the Body and Its Movement
Chapter 1. Forces: Maintaining Equilibrium or Changing Motion

-What Are Forces?

-Classifying Forces


-Addition of Forces: Force Composition

-Resolution of Forces

-Static Equilibrium

Chapter 2. Linear Kinematics: Describing Objects in Linear Motion

-Linear Kinematics

-Uniform Acceleration and Projectile Motion

Chapter 3. Linear Kinetics: Explaining the Causes of Linear Motion

-Newton's First Law of Motion: Law of Inertia

-Conservation of Momentum

-Newton's Second Law of Motion: Law of Acceleration

-Impulse and Momentum

-Newton's Third Law of Motion: Law of Action-Reaction

-Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation

Chapter 4. Work, Power, and Energy: Explaining the Causes of Motion Without Newton



-The Work-Energy Relationship


Chapter 5. Torques and Moments of Force: Maintaining Equilibrium or Changing Angular Motion

-What Are Torques?

-Forces and Torques in Equilibrium

-What Is Center of Gravity?

Chapter 6. Angular Kinematics: Describing Objects in Angular Motion

-Angular Position and Displacement

-Angular and Linear Displacement

-Angular Velocity

-Angular and Linear Velocity

-Angular Acceleration

-Angular and Linear Acceleration

-Anatomical System for Describing Limb Movements

Chapter 7. Angular Kinetics: Explaining the Causes of Angular Motion

-Angular Inertia

-Angular Momentum

-Angular Interpretation of Newton's First Law of Motion

-Angular Interpretation of Newton's Second Law of Motion

-Angular Impulse and Angular Momentum

-Angular Interpretation of Newton's Third Law of Motion

Chapter 8. Fluid Mechanics: The Effects of Water and Air

-Buoyant Force: Force Due to Immersion

-Dynamic Fluid Force: Force Due to Relative Motion

Part II: Internal Biomechanics: Internal Forces and Their Effects on the Body and Its Movement
Chapter 9. Mechanics of Biological Materials: Stresses and Strains on the Body



-Mechanical Properties of Materials: The Stress-Strain Relationship

-Mechanical Properties of the Musculoskeletal System

Chapter 10. The Skeletal System: The Rigid Framework of the Body



Chapter 11. The Muscular System: The Motors of the Body

-The Structure of Skeletal Muscle

-Muscle Action

-Muscle Contraction Force

Chapter 12. The Nervous System: Control of the Musculoskeletal System

-The Nervous System and the Neuron

-The Motor Unit

-Receptors and Reflexes

Part III: Applying Biomechanical Principles
Chapter 13. Qualitative Biomechanical Analysis to Improve Technique

-Types of Biomechanical Analysis

-Qualitative Biomechanical Analysis to Improve Technique

-Example Analyses

Chapter 14. Qualitative Biomechanical Analysis to Improve Training

-Biomechanics and Training

-Qualitative Anatomical Analysis Method

-Example Analyses

Chapter 15. Qualitative Biomechanical Analysis to Understand Injury Development (Steven T. McCaw)

-Mechanical Stress and Injury

-Tissue Response to Stress

-Mechanism of Overuse Injury

-Individual Differences in Tissue Threshold

-Intrinsic and Extrinsic Factors Affecting Injury


Chapter 16. Technology in Biomechanics

-Quantitative Biomechanical Analysis

-Measurement Issues

-Tools for Measuring Biomechanical Variables


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