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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Noelle M Parent, BS, ATC (University of Virginia)
Description: This book examines the fundamentals of biomechanics from anatomical motion to measurement techniques. Each section begins with a description of key points that are explained further in the section.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a text for both students and teachers to use. Students are exposed to the fundamentals of biomechanics that can be applied to everyday settings or expanded upon for further research. Teachers have one resource to develop lesson plans and laboratory classes. The objectives are met and this book is needed for entry level curricula for sport and exercise sciences.
Audience: It was written for entry level students and teachers of sport and exercise sciences, such as athletic training, exercise science, physical therapy, and physical education.
Features: The book covers kinematics of motion, movement assessment, and breakdown of movement in common daily activities. Information is provided in thorough definitions, pictorial diagrams, and equations. Multiple avenues are used to deliver information so it can be understood.
Assessment: This would be very useful in helping students understand the basics of biomechanics and could be used as a reference during advanced studies in biomechanics later on. Thorough definitions and explanations of basic concepts appear throughout the book.