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Research Methods in Biomechanics [Hardcover]

Gordon Robertson , Graham Caldwell , Joseph Hamill , Gary Kamen , Saunders Whittlesey

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April 21 2004 073603966X 978-0736039666 1

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:
-Each chapter begins with objectives that enable you to quickly access different topics.

-Exercises appear throughout the text, allowing you to test your skills.

-Key terms are highlighted and defined in a handy glossary.

-Current studies from scholarly journals are analyzed to demonstrate how different methods and techniques apply in actual research experiments.

-Suggested readings provide direction for deeper study.
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.


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D. Gordon E. Robertson, PhD, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have Sept. 1 2012
By Dima - Published on Amazon.com
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A must have for those starting in biomechanics. It's simplified and a bit more "user friendly" version of Dave Winter's book, which is like a bible for a biomechanist. Dave Winter's book is very condensed and at times hard to understand and figure out. Current book achieves that successfully. Dave Winter's book requires substantial knowledge of the concepts, it's great for a quick look up, provided that you have a substantial knowledge of the field. The current book is great for beginners.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! Oct. 12 2013
By Rodrigo Rico Bini - Published on Amazon.com
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Outstanding compilation of methods for research and clinical use of biomechanics methods. Must read for students and clinicians who are willing to use biomechanics methods in their daily practice.

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