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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jan A. Ryberg, MA, PT (University of Texas El Paso College of Health Sciences)
Description: This excellent introductory text reviews the principles of biomechanics, kinesiology, and functional anatomy as they relate to the movement of the human body.
Purpose: The stated purpose is to develop the student's understanding of the relationship between the structure and function of the musculoskeletal system. This objective is met through a well structured and clearly written text.
Audience: The author has published over 70 journal articles and four books in this area. He is also an advisory board member for two prestigious physical education journals. He has written this text primarily for undergraduate students in kinesiology, exercise science, sports science, and physical education. Students in physical therapy, occupational therapy, and podiatry will also find it useful.
Features: It is my opinion that the author has written an excellent introductory text. It is legibly written with extensive use of illustrations, conceptual models, and review questions to provide clarity.
Assessment: This text would be an excellent addition to the library of any health professional interested in exercise science or injury prevention. It is a nice adjunct to Enoka's Neuromechanical Basis of Kinesiology, 2nd Edition (Human Kinetics, Inc., 1994) and Norkin's Joint Structure and Function: A Comprehensive Analysis (FA Davis, 1992).