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From The CriticsReviewer: Eadric Bressel, EdD (Utah State University College of Education & Human Services)
Description: This book presents some familiar and unique procedures for analyzing biomechanical data. The book contains chapters written by invited scientists whose research has contributed substantially to innovative biomechanical analyses.
Purpose: According to the editor, the objective is to provide an in-depth explanation of new and innovative ways to analyze data of human movement. Indeed, advances in data analyses should accompany advances in technology to insure development of human movement sciences. While advances in computer power for data collection have occurred, advances in data analysis technique may not have grown at the same rate. This book elucidates additional methods to enhance analysis techniques of biomechanical data.
Audience: An appropriate audience for this book includes graduate students and researchers in exercise science, biomechanics, biomedical engineering, and motor control. The book's language would be difficult for undergraduate students with a limited background in statistics and biomechanics.
Features: The book covers three main topics: techniques for evaluating human movement variability (e.g., using single subject analysis); human movement coordination (e.g., using the applied dynamic systems theory); and complex data sets (e.g., using cross-correlation function, bootstrapping, and power spectrum analysis). The authors are particularly effective at establishing the need for, and application of, new innovative analyses by contrasting with traditional techniques. Examples from the literature and the tutorial style of presentation contribute to the usefulness of the book.
Assessment: There are limited resources for the appreciation of how to analyze biomechanical data. This book will serve as an excellent teaching tool and reference for graduate students and professionals in the human movement sciences.