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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jonathan Dugas, PhD (UIC College of Applied Health Sciences)
Description: This is an excellent book on the relationship between the structure and the function of the musculoskeletal system for undergraduate students in kinesiology and the movement sciences.
Purpose: In anatomy, structure and function always follow each other, and it is important to have a book for movement science students that addresses both of these concepts. This book does an excellent job of communicating these relationships across the musculoskeletal system.
Audience: Undergraduate students are the audience and the book is appropriately organized and written for this population. Dr. Watkins is an accomplished author who has written or contributed to several books in this area.
Features: Covering the musculoskeletal system from both an anatomical perspective and a functional perspective, this book first addresses basic anatomy in a concise manner before moving on to the applied topics of how movement affects the two systems. A nice touch is the in-text citations, which allow readers to easily seek further information. In addition, the illustrations and figures are excellent with plenty of labels and annotations to make them more meaningful to readers.
Assessment: This is an excellent addition to any undergraduate course in the movement sciences. Students in this discipline require foundational knowledge about anatomy, but often lack the insight into how movement applies to the musculoskeletal system. This book does a fine job addressing this.