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Research Methods in Biomechanics / Edition 1
     

Research Methods in Biomechanics / Edition 1

by Gordon Robertson, Graham Caldwell, Joseph Hamill, Gary Kamen, Saunders Whittlesey
 

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ISBN-10: 073603966X

ISBN-13: 9780736039666

Pub. Date: 04/21/2004

Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers

This text provides a firm foundation in the biomechanical methods and tools necessary for quantifying human movements. Research Methods in Biomechanics is an invaluable resource for developing and seasoned researchers wishing to hone their skills and learn new techniques in the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data.

The reference shows how the

Overview

This text provides a firm foundation in the biomechanical methods and tools necessary for quantifying human movements. Research Methods in Biomechanics is an invaluable resource for developing and seasoned researchers wishing to hone their skills and learn new techniques in the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data.

The reference shows how the laws of motion are applied to complex human movements. The text demonstrates how to combine segments to obtain limb or total-body measures. All the material is presented in such a way that you need only basic knowledge of Newtonian mechanics and vector algebra to benefit.

The easy-to-navigate book is organized into 11 chapters and three parts. Part 1 describes the kinematics of motion using 2- and 3-D analyses. Part 2 considers the kinetics of motion with respect to quantifying forces, work, impulse, and power. Both 2- and 3-D analyses are again provided, as well as methods to directly and indirectly measure forces. Part 3 examines numerous additional techniques to quantify motion, including electromyography, muscle modeling, and computer simulation.

Research Methods in Biomechanics contains extensive tables, reference materials, and other features that will enhance your understanding of the material:
-Each chapter begins with objectives that enable you to quickly access different topics.

-Exercises appear throughout the text, allowing you to test your skills.

-Key terms are highlighted and defined in a handy glossary.

-Current studies from scholarly journals are analyzed to demonstrate how different methods and techniques apply in actual research experiments.

-Suggested readings provide direction for deeper study.
This text will help you test your skills in using a variety of research methods and apply the requirements and steps necessary for valid data collection. It is a must-have for biomechanics professionals, researchers, and students.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780736039666
Publisher:
Human Kinetics Publishers
Publication date:
04/21/2004
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
8.62(w) x 11.16(h) x 0.89(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction Biomechanics Analysis Techniques: A Primer
What Tools Are Needed in Biomechanics?
Applications of the Principles of Biomechanics: An Example
Numerical Accuracy and Significant Digits

Part I. Kinematics
Chapter 1. Planar Kinematics

-Description of Position

-Degrees of Freedom

-Kinematic Data Collection

-Linear Kinematics

-Angular Kinematics

-Summary

-Suggested Readings
Chapter 2. Three-Dimensional Kinematics

-Scalars, Vectors, and Matrices

-Collection of Three-Dimensional Data

-Coordinate Systems

-Marker Systems

-Determination of the Local Coordinate System

-Transformations Between Reference Systems

-Joint Angles

-Segment Angles

-Summary

-Suggested Readings
Part II: Kinetics
Chapter 3. Body Segment Parameters

-Methods for Measuring and Estimating Body Segment Parameters

-Two-Dimensional (Planar) Computational Methods

-Three-Dimensional (Spatial) Computational Methods

-Summary

-Suggested Readings
Chapter 4. Forces and Their Measurement

-Force

-Newton's Laws

-Free-Body Diagrams

-Types of Forces

-Moment of Force, or Torque

-Linear Impulse and Momentum

-Angular Impulse and Momentum

-Measurement of Force

-Summary

-Suggested Readings
Chapter 5. Two-Dimensional Inverse Dynamics

-Planar Motion Analysis

-Numerical Formulation

-General Plane Motion

-Method of Sections

-Human Joint Kinetics

-Applications

-Summary

-Suggested Readings
Chapter 6. Energy, Work, and Power

-Energy, Work, and the Laws of Thermodynamics

-Conservation of Mechanical Energy

-Ergometry: Direct Methods

-Ergometry: Indirect Methods

-Mechanical Efficiency

-Summary

-Suggested Readings
Chapter 7. Three-Dimensional Kinetics

-Laboratory Setup

-Data Required for Three-Dimensional Analysis

-Sources of Error in Three-Dimensional Calculations

-Three-Dimensional Kinetics Calculations

-Presentation of the Data

-Summary

-Suggested Readings
Part III: Additional Techniques
Chapter 8. Electromyographic Kinesiology

-Physiology of the Electromyographic Signal

-Recording and Acquiring the Electromyographic Signal

-Analyzing and Interpreting the Electromyographic Signal

-Applications of Electromyographic Techniques

-Summary

-Suggested Readings
Chapter 9. Muscle Modeling

-The Hill Muscle Model

-Musculoskeletal Models

-Summary

-Suggested Readings
Chapter 10. Computer Simulation of Human Movement

-Overview: Modeling As a Process

-Why Simulate Human Movement?

-General Procedure for Simulations

-Free-Body Diagrams

-Differential Equations

-Model Derivation: Lagrange's Equation of Motion

-Numerical Solution Techniques

-Control Theory

-Limitations of Computer Models

-Summary

-Suggested Readings
Chapter 11. Signal Processing

-Characteristics of a Signal

-Fourier Transform

-Wavelet Transform

-Sampling Theorem

-Ensuring Circular Continuity

-Smoothing Data

-Summary

-Suggested Readings
Appendix A. International System of Units
Appendix B. Selected Factors for Converting Between Units of Measure
Appendix C. Basic Electronics
Appendix D. Vector Operations
Appendix E. Matrix Operations
Appendix F. Numerical Integration of Double Pendulum Equations
Appendix G. Derivation of Double Pendulum Equations
Appendix H. Discrete Fourier Transform Subroutine
Appendix I. Shannon's Reconstruction Subroutine

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