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From The CriticsReviewer: Matthew K. Seeley, M.S. (University of Kentucky)
Description: This is a thorough description of instrumentation, and the theory driving the instrumentation, necessary to complete an accurate and valid biomechanical analysis.
Purpose: The authors propose to meet several worthy objectives. The primary purpose is to serve as an aid to kinesiologists, engineers, and other laboratory researchers while conducting human movement research. The book outlines many of the mathematical and technical tools used to observe human motion, specifically covering the measurement of kinematics and kinetics. Generally, the book covers electromyography, muscle modeling, computer simulation, and signal processing. The authors satisfactorily meet each of the objectives.
Audience: The intended audience is a mixture of kinesiology and biomedical engineering students and various laboratory scientists. The authors state up front that readers should have previously taken an introductory biomechanics course. Readers should also be familiar with basic algebraic processes and vector composition, although the authors are forgiving to those who do not approach the text with a background in these areas; a brief review is provided in many of the areas. Finally, this combination of authors provides a very strong and credible source of elucidation on research methods in biomechanics.
Features: This book discusses the observation, in two and three dimensions, of human kinematics and kinetics. It also explains the theory behind and instrumentation used in the study of electromyography, muscle modeling, computer simulation, and signal processing. The content of is more extensive and thorough than any other biomechanics book I have been exposed to. Because the authors expect readers to begin with a background in biomechanics, they are able to delve deeper into many of the issues essential to research. This makes the book especially helpful to graduate students in various related fields. The book also uses excerpts from current and past scientific literature to explain especially important concepts.
Assessment: This is an excellent reference for any advanced study of biomechanics. As a PhD student preparing to take my qualifying exams, I have used this book to refresh my memory on a wide variety of biomechanical concepts. The book would prove especially helpful to graduate students of kinesiology and should be used in graduate courses.