An Introduction to Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise / Edition 1

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The purpose of this book is to develop knowledge and understanding of fundamental biomechanical principles and their application in qualitative and quantitative analysis of movement. The key to understanding biomechanics is a thorough understanding of the concepts of force, Newton's laws of motion, work and energy. All of the fundamental biomechanical concepts and principles will be explained from first principles and illustrated with reference to a large number of examples. No previous knowledge of mechanics will be assumed. An appreciation of both the impulse-momentum approach and the work-energy approach to movement analysis is necessary in order to fully understand biomechanical analysis of movement and this book covers both approaches.

The organisation and presentation of the book is based on the open-learning model:

• Chapter overviews to summarise the content of each chapter
• All biomechanical concepts and principles are explained from first principles
• Key terms defined in a Glossary
• Applied examples to illustrate all concepts and principles
• Extensive use of figures and conceptual models
• Review questions with detailed solutions to all numerical questions
• Practical worksheets with example results
• References to guide further learning
• Extensive index
• Extensive glossary

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Editorial Reviews

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"This book is a well presented and easily read introductory text suitable for use by sport and exercise science students. Further, An Introduction to Biomechanics in Sport and Exercise could be a useful reference for anyone interested in understanding more about basic biomechanics such as physical education teachers, sports coaches, fitness trainers and those in other health-related areas."
Peter J.Clothier, PhD
School of Biomedical and Health Sciences,
University of Western Sydney, Australia. Physical Therapy in Sport 9(2008)209–210
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780443102820
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 8/10/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Previous books and chapters written by the author:
WATKINS, J. Structure and Function of the Musculoskeletal SystemChampaign, Ill: Human Kinetics, 1999, 376 pp. ISBN 0-88011-686-2
WATKINS, J. Estrutura e Funcao do Sistema MusculoesqueleticoSao Paulo: Artmed Editora , 2001, 383 pp. ISBN 0-88011-686-2
Portuguese edition of Structure and Function of the Musculoskeletal System
WATKINS, J. An Introduction to Mechanics of Human Movement Lancaster: MTP Press, 1983, 146 pp. ISBN 0-85200-492-3
WATKINS, J., REILLY, T. & BURWITZ, L. (Eds.) Sports Science London: E. & F.N.Spon, 1986, 412 pp. ISBN 0-419-13930-3
REILLY, T., WATKINS, J. & BORMS, J. (Eds.) Kinanthropometry III London: E. & F.N.Spon, 1986, 312 pp. ISBN 0-419-13970-2
Book chapters:
WATKINS, J. In Press. Basic biomechanics of gait. In D.L. Lorimer, G. J. French, M. O' Donnell and J. G. Burrow (Eds), Neale's Disorders of the Foot: Diagnosis and Management. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone. 7th edition.
WATKINS, J. In Press Structure and function of the foot. In D.L. Lorimer, G. J. French, M. O' Donnell and J. G. Burrow (Eds), Neale's Disorders of the Foot: Diagnosis and Management. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone. 7th edition.
WATKINS, J. Structure and function of the foot. In D.L. Lorimer, G. J. French, M. O' Donnell and J. G. Burrow (Eds), Neale's Disorders of the Foot: Diagnosis and Management, 6th edition. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 2001, p1-22. ISBN 0443-0644-15
WATKINS, J. Biomechanics of movement. In N. Armstrong and W. Van Mechelen (Eds), Textbook of Paediatric Exercise Science and Medicine. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000, p107-122. ISBN 0-19-262977-8
WATKINS, J. Injuries in volleyball. In P. Renström (Ed). Clinical Practice of Sports Injury: Prevention and CareOxford: Blackwell Scientific Publishers, 1994, p360-374.
WATKINS, J. An overview of sports-related lower-limb epiphyseal injuries. In G. Gleeson (Ed). The Growing Child in Competitive Sport. Sevenoaks: Ho

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Table of Contents




Chapter 1 Introduction

Chapter 2 Linear motion

Chapter 3 Angular motion

Chapter 4 Work, energy and power

Chapter 5 Fluid mechanics

Chapter 6 Biomechanical analysis of human movement



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