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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Erik H Van Iterson, MS, MBio (University of Minnesota School of Kinesiology)
Description: This book addresses the application of the fundamental learning objectives in a traditional human anatomy course to the field or laboratory. It is composed of many of the subdisciplinary sciences that are integral in understanding anatomy and human movement, such as biomechanics and exercise physiology. It is easy to read, but is not recommended for the novice movement science reader.
Purpose: The objectives are to apply the fundamental principles learned about human anatomy to sport performance-type settings. Its aim is to help readers understand how anatomy affects specific movement patterns during athletic activities through a scientific lens. The authors address these objectives successfully by carefully introducing and reintroducing new and old concepts pertinent to human motion, and building upon these concepts in later chapters.
Audience: Readers who have previously taken human anatomy and physiology courses may find this book fairly easy to comprehend. Professionals such as exercise physiologists, coaches, personal trainers, athletic trainers, and movement scientists will find this book to be highly relevant to their everyday duties in assisting athletes with their training regimens.
Features: The authors cover a spectrum of topics relating to human movement starting out with a basic reintroduction to human anatomy and then building upon these concepts with the integration of other scientific fields such as biomechanics. They include numerous figures and pictures to help readers understand key points while not overwhelming them with too much detail.
Assessment: It makes perfect sense for those interested in human movement in sport to read this book following an introductory human anatomy course. It offers a great deal of application of basic anatomy to real-life settings while maintaining a high level of scientific credibility supported by peer-reviewed literature. It is a quick read and can be read without order of chapter designation.