Research Methods in Biomechanics

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Research Methods in BiomechanicsGordon Robertson, Graham Caldwell, Joseph Hamill, Gary Kamen, Sandy Whittlesey
2nd Edition
2013
US Price: $89
320 pages
9780736093408

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This text provides a firm foundation in the biomechanical methods and tools necessary for quantifying human movements. Research Methods in Biomechanics is an invaluable resource for developing and seasoned researchers wishing to hone their skills and learn new techniques in the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data.

The reference shows how the laws of motion are applied to complex human movements. The text demonstrates how to combine segments to obtain limb or total-body measures. All the material is presented in such a way that you need only basic knowledge of Newtonian mechanics and vector algebra to benefit.

The easy-to-navigate book is organized into 11 chapters and three parts. Part 1 describes the kinematics of motion using 2- and 3-D analyses. Part 2 considers the kinetics of motion with respect to quantifying forces, work, impulse, and power. Both 2- and 3-D analyses are again provided, as well as methods to directly and indirectly measure forces. Part 3 examines numerous additional techniques to quantify motion, including electromyography, muscle modeling, and computer simulation.

Research Methods in Biomechanics contains extensive tables, reference materials, and other features that will enhance your understanding of the material:

This text will help you test your skills in using a variety of research methods and apply the requirements and steps necessary for valid data collection. It is a must-have for biomechanics professionals, researchers, and students.


About the Authors

Dr. D. Gordon E. Robertson wrote Introduction to Biomechanics for Human Motion Analysis and coauthored Canadian Foundations of Physical Education, Recreation and Sport Studies. He has taught undergraduate- and graduate-level biomechanics at the University of British Columbia and currently teaches at the University of Ottawa. He is also Web page editor for the Canadian Society for Biomechanics.

Dr. Joseph Hamill (fellow of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance; American College of Sports Medicine; and American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education) is coauthor of a popular undergraduate textbook, Biomechanical Basis of Human Movement. He teaches undergraduate- and graduate-level biomechanics and is director of the exercise science department at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Dr. Graham E. Caldwell (fellow of the Canadian Society for Biomechanics) teaches undergraduate- and graduate-level biomechanics at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and previously held a similar faculty position at the University of Maryland. He is a winner of the Canadian Society for Biomechanics New Investigator Award, and in 1998 he won the Outstanding Teacher Award for the School of Public Health and Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Recently he served as an associate editor for Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.

Dr. Gary Kamen (fellow of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance and American College of Sports Medicine) is author of an undergraduate textbook on kinesiology, Introduction to Exercise Science. He is former president of the Research Consortium of AAPHERD and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in motor behavior and motor control in the exercise science department at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Dr. Saunders (Sandy) N. Whittlesey is a research associate at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He has a background in mathematics, engineering, and electronics and works as a technical consultant for FootJoy and Titleist.


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Reference for biomechanics professionals, researchers, motor behaviorists, MDs, DCs, ODs, and biomechanical professionals and ergonomists; text for undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in biomechanics methods courses.


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