Energetics of Human Activity / Edition 1

Energetics of Human Activity / Edition 1

by Human Kinetics
     
 

ISBN-10: 0880117877

ISBN-13: 9780880117876

Pub. Date: 05/15/2000

Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers

Energetics of Human Activity provides a detailed, contemporary discussion of the efficiency of movement from a multidisciplinary perspective. The text explores the process by which humans optimize their energy expenditure in learning and controlling movements.

As the first collaborative text that focuses on the energetics of

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Overview

Energetics of Human Activity provides a detailed, contemporary discussion of the efficiency of movement from a multidisciplinary perspective. The text explores the process by which humans optimize their energy expenditure in learning and controlling movements.

As the first collaborative text that focuses on the energetics of motor coordination and control, Energetics of Human Activity is written by 24 international researchers in the movement sciences, including noted experts from the fields of psychology, physiology, and biomechanics. This presents the reader with a broad range of opinions and research findings.

Collectively, the chapters discuss three topics of interest from a movement economy perspective: individual differences, motor learning, and the control of action. The hypothesis that minimization of metabolic energy expenditure is a universal constraint on the structure of emerging movement patterns is also presented by three movement subdiscipline perspectives. These approaches include the mechanics of human motion, the physiological cost of meeting task demands, and the effects of practice on performance.

Each chapter provides a systematic basis for examining metabolic energy expenditure, presents the research findings that support the contention that energy expenditure regulates the development of movement patterns, and makes valuable suggestions to stimulate future research. The text also contains more than 100 figures that are clear and easy to interpret, making the information simple to understand.

Energetics of Human Activity is a unique text that provides a complete perspective on metabolic energy expenditure from various disciplines. It is an invaluable resource for movement science professionals.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780880117876
Publisher:
Human Kinetics Publishers
Publication date:
05/15/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Metabolic Energy Expenditure and Accuracy in Movement: Relation to Levels of Muscle and Cardiorespiratory Activation and the Sense of Effort
Nicholas J. O'Dwyer and Peter D. Neilson

Chapter 2. Factors That Have Shaped Human Locomotor Structure and Behavior: The “Joules” in the Crown
Aftab E. Patla and W.A. Sparrow

Chapter 3. Movement Proficiency: Incorporating Task Demands and Constraints in Assessing Human Movement
Graham E. Caldwell, Richard E.A. van Emmerik, and Joseph Hamill

Chapter 4. Movement Economy, Preferred Modes, and Pacing
W.A. Sparrow, K.M. Hughes, A.P. Russell, and P.F. Le Rossignol

Chapter 5. Triggers for the Transition Between Human Walking and Running
Alastair Hanna, Bruce Abernethy, Robert J. Neal, and Robin Burgess-Limerick

Chapter 6. Learned Changes in Behavioral Efficiency: The Effects of Concurrent and Terminal Exteroceptive Feedback of Response Success
Jasper Brener and Scott Carnicom

Chapter 7. Mechanical Power and Work in Human Movement
Vladimir M. Zatsiorsky and Robert J. Gregor

Chapter 8. Optimisation in the Learning of Cyclical Actions
Bjørn Almåsbakk, H.T.A. Whiting, and Roland van den Tillar

Chapter 9. Dynamic and Thermodynamic Constraints and the Metabolic Cost of Locomotion
Kenneth G. Holt, Sergio T. Fonseca, and John P. Obusek

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