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Biomechanics and Motor Control of Human Movement, 2nd Edition Hardcover – May 17 1990


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Looks at human body movement as a mechanical system and examines techniques used to measure and analyze all body movements. Each limb of the body is treated as a separate segment connected at hinge joints. Muscles are replaced by actuators and the net effect of all muscles is replaced by torque motors. The characteristics of those actuators are documented, along with their neural control as represented in the readily available electromyographic signal. The book's organization is such that description of the movement is covered first, followed by chapters that examine the cause of the movement at kinetic and electromyographic levels. Will appeal to all those involved in the study of a wide variety of human movement problems--from pathological gait to chronic running injuries. Material on biomechanical techniques contributes to the understanding of such everyday movements as walking and lifting. Information is integrated with a common set of data and analyses. In addition, basic physics principles are presented in capsule form for ease of use. This text is a substantial revision of the widely used Biomechanics of Human Movement, updated and retitled to reflect progress in the field.

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A thorough update of the classic book on human movement in biomechanics

Biomechanics and Motor Control of Human Movement, Third Edition is the thoroughly updated and retitled version of the widely used Biomechanics of Human Movement. Integrating a common set of data and analyses with reliable material on biomechanical techniques, this up-to-date edition examines techniques used to measure and analyze all body movements as mechanical systems, including such everyday movements as walking.

This highly informative and accessible Third Edition treats each limb of the body as a separate segment connected at hinge joints. Actuators replace muscles, and torque motors replace the net effect of all muscles. Descriptions of movements are given as well as examinations of the cause of the movement at kinetic and electromyographic levels.

Biomechanics and Motor Control of Human Movement, Third Edition features:

  • New material on 3D kinematics and kinetics emphasizing motor control
  • Expanded coverage on image measurement systems
  • New information on 3D center-of-mass estimates
  • Models of the kinetics of balance control
  • The latest research findings on fundamental relationships
  • New biophysical models of EMG detection, as well as standards for recording and reporting

Complete with basic physics principles presented in capsule form for quick reference, Biomechanics and Motor Control of Human Movement, Third Edition is an essential resource for students and researchers. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.


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A must have for anyone serious about biomechanics Nov. 22 2006
By B. Wallace - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a must have for biomechanics Graduate students. It looks at biomechanics from an engineering standpoint and technological standpoint, not just a math/physics standpoint. It is much cheaper (used) and just as good as the third edition. The only meaningful thing the third edition does better is describe filters (butterworth, spline, etc.). Some other parts of this book could be better explained, but I like the shortness of it overall. It also has Demster's anthropometric data in it that is the most commonly used for inverse dynamic solutions in biomechanics. Overall a great book and I'd recommend it to any advanced biomechanics student, even over the third edition all things considered.
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A Classic Nov. 20 2009
By Smita Rao - Published on Amazon.com
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This text is used in graduate classes across disciplines such as Exercise Science, Physical Therapy, Biomechanics, Motor Control / Neuroscience. It has emerged as one of the cornerstones of quantitative analysis of human motion. If you're in the field, you should know this book like the back of your hand. Concise, comprehensive and a great starting point for much discussion.
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