Fundamentals of Biomechanics: Equilibrium, Motion, and Deformation 3rd ed
Biomechanics is a discipline utilized by different groups of professionals. It is a required basic science for orthopedic surgeons, osteopaths, physiatrists, rheumatologists, physical and occupational therapists, chiropractors, and athletic trainers. These medical and paramedical specialists usually do not have a strong mathematics and physics background. Biomechanics must be presented to these professionals in a rather nonmathematical way so that they may learn the concepts of mechanics without a rigorous mathematical approach.
On the other hand, many engineers work in fields in which biomechanics plays a significant role. Human factors engineering, ergonomics, biomechanics research, and prosthetic research and development all require that the engineers working in the field have a strong knowledge of biomechanics. They are equipped to learn biomechanics through a rigorous mathematical approach. Classical textbooks in the engineering fields do not approach the biological side of biomechanics.
Fundamentals of Biomechanics (Third Edition) approaches biomechanics through a rigorous mathematical standpoint while emphasizing the biological side. This book will be very useful for engineers studying biomechanics and for medical specialists enrolled in courses who desire a more intensive study of biomechanics and are equipped through previous study of mathematics to develop a deeper comprehension of engineering as it applies to the human body.
Significant progress has been made in the field of biomechanics during the last few decades. Solid knowledge and understanding of biomechanical concepts, principles, assessment methods, and tools are essential components of the study of ergonomics as they help ergonomists in their efforts to reduce the risk and prevent musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace.
This work was prepared in a combined clinical setting at the NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases Orthopedic Institute and teaching setting within the Program of Ergonomics and Biomechanics at New York University. The authors of this volume have the unique experience of teaching biomechanics in a clinical setting to professionals from diverse backgrounds. This work reflects their many years of classroom teaching rehabilitation treatment, and practical and research experience.
New York, NY, USA Victor Frankel, MD, PhD, KNO
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