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Basic Biomechanics 7th Edition

Basic Biomechanics 7th Edition PDF

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Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education


Publish Date: February 18, 2014

ISBN-10: 0073522767

Pages: 560

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Book Preface

The seventh edition of Basic Biomechanics has been signifi cantly updated and redesigned from the previous edition. As the interdisciplinary field of biomechanics grows in both breadth and depth, it is important that even introductory textbooks refl ect the nature of the science. Accordingly, the text has been revised, expanded, and updated, with the objectives being to present relevant information from recent research findings and to prepare students to analyze human biomechanics.

The approach taken remains an integrated balance of qualitative and quantitative examples, applications, and problems designed to illustrate the principles discussed. The seventh 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.


Each chapter follows a logical and readable format, with the introduction of new concepts consistently accompanied by practical human movement examples and applications from across the life span and across sport, clinical, and daily living activities.


New content has been added to provide updated scientifi c information on relevant topics. All chapters have been revised to incorporate the latest information from the biomechanics research literature, and numerous new sport and clinical applications and examples are included. Topics added or expanded include barefoot running and running economy, stretching and performance, bone health and space fl ight, the golf swing, ACL injuries, muscle fatigue, and swimming technique. Balanced Coverage

The former Biomechanics Academy of AAHPERD recommended that undergraduate students in biomechanics devote approximately onethird
of study time to anatomical considerations, one-third to mechanical considerations, and the remainder to applications. The integrated approach to coverage of these areas taken in previous editions is continued in this seventh edition.

Applications Oriented

All chapters in this new edition contain discussion of a broad range of updated human movement applications, many of which are taken from the recent biomechanics research literature. Special emphasis has been placed on examples that span all ages and address clinical and daily living issues, as well as sport applications.

Laboratory Experiences

The integrated laboratory manual appears at the end of each chapter with references to simulations on the text’s Online Learning Center. The soft-cover design with perforation allows laboratory manual pages to be completed and turned in to instructors.

Integrated Technology

Technology is integrated throughout the text, with an Online Learning Center box appearing on every chapter-opening page and directing students to resources online, while lists of related websites at the end of each chapter offer pertinent sources to students. Problems and laboratory experiences are incorporated throughout the text and updated to reference the Online Learning Center.

The seventh edition of Basic Biomechanics can be bundled (for a small additional price) with MaxTRAQ™ software. MaxTRAQ is a downloadable motion analysis software that offers an easy-to-use tool to track data and analyze various motion elected by the authors. The MaxTRAQ software includes video clips of motions such as golf swing and gait, 2D manual tracking, coverage of distance and angles—and more!

1 What Is Biomechanics? 1
2 Kinematic Concepts for Analyzing Human Motion 27
3 Kinetic Concepts for Analyzing Human Motion 59
4 The Biomechanics of Human Bone Growth and Development 85
5 The Biomechanics of Human Skeletal Articulations 115
6 The Biomechanics of Human Skeletal Muscle 143
7 The Biomechanics of the Human Upper Extremity 179
8 The Biomechanics of the Human Lower Extremity 223
9 The Biomechanics of the Human Spine 267
10 Linear Kinematics of Human Movement 309
11 Angular Kinematics of Human Movement 345
12 Linear Kinetics of Human Movement 373
13 Equilibrium and Human Movement 409
14 Angular Kinetics of Human Movement 443
15 Human Movement in a Fluid Medium 469
A Basic Mathematics and Related Skills 499
B Trigonometric Functions 504
C Common Units of Measurement 507
D Anthropometric Parameters for the Human Body 508
Glossary 511
Index 519

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