Is running barefoot beneficial? What is the most mechanically efficient way to move a piece of heavy furniture? Can stretching before a competition worsen performance? How do cats always land on their feet? The answers to these questions are all based on the science of biomechanics. In Basic Biomechanics, Eighth Edition, the focus is on the anatomy and movement capabilities of the human body, explained with examples of relevant sport, clinical, and daily living applications. The quantitative aspects of biomechanics are presented in a manageable, progressive fashion, using a structured and problem-based format with practical advice. This edition also retains the important sensitivity to the fact that some beginning students of biomechanics possess weak backgrounds in mathematics. For this reason, it includes numerous sample problems and applications, along with practical advice on approaching quantitative problems.
With balanced, integrated coverage of applied anatomy, mechanical principles, and relevant sport and daily living applications, this text introduces you to the basics of biomechanics. The quantitative aspects of biomechanics are presented in a manageable, progressive fashion, with practical advice on approaching both qualitative and quantitative problems in biomechanics.
Highlights of the Eighth Edition
Updated content throughout. incorporating the latest information on current topics in biomechanics literature.
New or expanded coverage of important topics, such as osteoarthritis and repair of articular cartilage, joint flexibility and stretching protocols, muscle elasticity and force development, intervertebral disc mechanics and health. the female athlete triad, fall prevention in older adults. and swimming technique.
New sport and daily living applications provide examples of underlying mechanical principles within the context of human anatomy.
New and updated photos and illustrations.
Table of Contents
1. What Is Biomechanics?
2. Kinematic Concepts for Analyzing Human Motion
3. Kinetic Concepts for Analyzing Human Motion
4. The Biomechanics of Human Bone Growth and Development
5. The Biomechanics of Human Skeletal Articulations
6. The Biomechanics of Human Skeletal Muscle
7. The Biomechanics of the Human Upper Extremity
8. The Biomechanics of the Human Lower Extremity
9. The Biomechanics of the Human Spine
10. Linear Kinematics of Human Movement
11. Angular Kinematics of Human Movement
12. Linear Kinetics of Human Movement
13. Equilibrium and Human Movement
14. Angular Kinetics of Human Movement
15Human Movement in a Fluid Medium
A. Basic Mathematics and Related Skills
B. Trigonometric Functions
C. Common Units of Measurement
D. Anthropometric Parameters for the Human Body
Susan J. Hall, Ph.D.
College of Health Sciences
University of Delaware