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Fundamentals of Biomechanics introduces the exciting world of how human movement is created and how it can be improved. Teachers, coaches and physical therapists all use biomechanics to help people improve movement and decrease the risk of injury. The book presents a comprehensive review of the major concepts of biomechanics and summarizes them in nine principles of biomechanics. Fundamentals of Biomechanics concludes by showing how these principles can be used by movement professionals to improve human movement. Specific case studies are presented in physical education, coaching, strength and conditioning, and sports medicine.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306474743
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
  • Publication date: 11/28/2003
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 340
  • Product dimensions: 7.68 (w) x 9.66 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Duane Knudson is Associate Chair and Associate Professor of biomechanics in the Department of Physical Education and Exercise Science at California State University, Chico. He earned his Ph.D. in biomechanics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has published extensively on the biomechanics of tennis and exercise. Dr. Knudson co-authored the first scholarly book on the qualitative analysis of human movement, and his research and writing have earned him fellow status in the American College of Sports Medicine and the Research Consortium of AAHPERD.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Introduction
Ch. 1 Introduction to Biomechanics of Human Movement
Ch. 2 Fundamentals of Biomechanics and Qualitative Analysis
Pt. II Biological/Structural Bases
Ch. 3 Anatomical Description and Its Limitations
Ch. 4 Mechanics of the Musculoskeletal System
Pt. III Mechanical Bases
Ch. 5 Linear and Angular Kinematics
Ch. 6 Linear Kinetics
Ch. 7 Angular Kinetics
Ch. 8 Fluid Mechanics
Pt. IV Applications of Biomechanics in Qualitative Analysis
Ch. 9 Applying Biomechanics in Physical Education
Ch. 10 Applying Biomechanics in Coaching
Ch. 11 Applying Biomechanics in Strength and Conditioning
Ch. 12 Applying Biomechanics in Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation
App. A: Glossary
App. B: Conversion Factors
App. C: Suggested Answers to Selected Review Questions
App. D Right-Angle Trigonometry Review
App. E Qualitative Analysis of Biomechanical Principles
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2003

    Fundamentals of Biomechanics

    Fundamentals of Biomechanics delivers everything it promises, and more. The challenge of teaching and learning biomechanics is understanding the two distinct fields that it comprises-biology and mechanics. In my experience, some students enter biomechanics with aptitude and interest in one of these fields and reluctance to the other. As a leader in biomechanics, Dr. Knudson seems to realize this and does an expert job of teaching these two fields in separate parts ot the textbook. The text is clearly written, and includes many helpful illustrations and examples. After mastering the material in the biological/structural and mechanical parts of the textbook, the student is then ready to start combining these two fields into scientific analysis of human movement. In the qualitative analysis part of the textbook, Dr. Knudson leads the students through some examples of the endless possible applications of their new biomechnics knowledge. With the foundations taught in this textbook, the student is prepared to advance into biomechanics and related fields.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2003

    Fundamentals of Biomechanics

    'After reading this book, one feels it is possible to understand very complex concepts in Biomechanics without equations. It bridges the gap between biomechanical theories and everyday practice for undergraduate students and sport coaches. Starting with the 'Nine Principles for Application of Biomechanics' the author leads the reader to every area of biomechanics through a logical structure with a lot of practical examples, comments boxes, clear figures and up-to-date references. The inclusion of the end of each chapter of a recommended reading list, review questions and relevant or related Web links plus Laboratory Activities at the end of the book makes even more useful in the day to day work of teaching biomechanics or analysis of sport technique. This book will be an excellent textbook that teachers will recommend to the students with confidence.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2003

    Fundamentals of Biomechanics

    This is an exceptionally well written and structured introductory text on the biomechanics of movement. It integrates mechanical and biological concepts in a way that enhances understanding of what students often find is a difficult area of study. One of the primary reasons students will understand the material covered is that concepts are presented in an applied manner. The reader is motivated to appreciate why an understanding of biomechanics will enhance their teaching/coaching effectiveness in a wide variety of occupations. The book presents mechanical and anatomical concepts to a level appropriate for an introductory course in biomechanics. When consideration is given to the material covered in the analysis and musculoskeletal sections, then it is apparent that the book has a wider appeal than is evident in many other texts. The application of biomechanics in sections specific to teaching, coaching, strength and conditioning, and sports medicine and rehabilitation is a particularly innovative aspect of this book. Finally Duane has been able to cover the theory of a very wide spectrum of topics in an applied manner. Many students will be stimulated by the book while all will find it easy to read as he has integrated the topics covered into a coherent unit.

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