Basic Biomechanics

Is running barefoot beneficial? What is the most mechanically efficient way to move a piece of heavy furniture? Can stretching before a competition worsen performance? How do cats always land on their feet? The answers to these questions are all based on the science of biomechanics. In Basic Biomechanics, Eighth Edition, the focus is on the anatomy and movement capabilities of the human body, explained with examples of relevant sport, clinical, and daily living applications. The quantitative aspects of biomechanics are presented in a manageable, progressive fashion, using a structured and problem-based format with practical advice.

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  1. What Is Biomechanics?
  2. Kinematic Concepts for Analyzing Human Motion
  3. Kinetic Concepts for Analyzing Human Motion
  4. The Biomechanics of Human Bone Growth and Development
  5. The Biomechanics of Human Skeletal Articulations
  6. The Biomechanics of Human Skeletal Muscle
  7. The Biomechanics of the Human Upper Extremity
  8. The Biomechanics of the Human Lower Extremity
  9. The Biomechanics of the Human Spine
  10. Linear Kinematics of Human Movement
  11. Angular Kinematics of Human Movement
  12. Linear Kinetics of Human Movement
  13. Equilibrium and Human Movement
  14. Angular Kinetics of Human Movement
  15. Human Movement in a Fluid Medium



  1. Basic Mathematics and Related Skills
  2. Trigonometric Functions
  3. Common Units of Measurement
  4. Anthropometric Parameters for the Human Body