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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jason B Hand, MS (University of Oregon)
Description: This is a comprehensive and carefully organized book that provides depth and breadth for entry-level students and individuals new to the field of human movement. Ten years after the first edition, this update includes helpful figures, questions, and summaries for every chapter.
Purpose: Through thought-provoking questions and scenarios, the author helps readers understand the numerous structure types and functions of the human body in a research-oriented manner that is appropriate for the demands of today's medical community.
Audience: This is an excellent book for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as professionals looking to better understand the intricacies of human movement.
Features: The author has succeeded in disseminating a great deal of information by systematically introducing material of separate "worlds." A simplistic examination of cellular components helps to provide a framework for exploring how central and peripheral systems function in synergy. Creative examples aid in the visualization of how neurophysiology plays a role in everyday tasks, illnesses, and rehabilitation. One limitation of this book, however, is the lack of in-text citation.
Assessment: This is a valuable resource for students and entry-level professionals in fields related to motor control. The author has diligently and successfully critiqued his previous edition to produce a book that can help students learn and teachers facilitate in a critical thinking environment.