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Mechanical Properties of Muscles Reduce Performance Variability

Movement System Variability

Human Kinetics, 2006

Ebook Chapter

...This chapter demonstrates the power and elegance of mathematics in analyzing a computer simulation of the relationships between flexors and extensors in a joint complex. This simulation showed how covarying these relationships can reduce...

Elementary Biomechanics

James Watkins

James Watkins, PhD, is a professor of biomechanics in the School of Human Sciences and director of the Sport and Exercise Science Research Centre at the Swansea University in Wales. Watkins spent over 20 years in Glasgow, Scotland, as a lecturer and researcher, and he served as the head of the department of physical education, sport and outdoor education at Jordanhill College and later at the University of Strathclyde, both in Glasgow. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Structure and Function of the Musculoskeletal System

Human Kinetics, 2010

Ebook Chapter

...To understand the relationship between structure and function of the musculoskeletal system and, in particular, the way that a change in function (due to a change in loading) results in a change in structure (structural adaptation...

Slipping, Falling, and Landing

Arthur E. Chapman

Arthur E. Chapman, PhD, is Professor Emeritus in the School of Kinesiology at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, where he has taught and researched since 1970. Chapman has published more than 35 articles and presented more than 45 papers for refereed conferences, seminars, and workshops throughout the world. His past research interests included validation and modification of mechanical models of human muscle by means of direct observation in vivo, and the mechanical properties of squash balls, racquets, and shoes and their implications for manufacturing and strategy in the game. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Biomechanical Analysis of Fundamental Human Movements

Human Kinetics, 2008

Ebook Chapter

...Slipping, falling, and landing represent a biomechanical continuum inasmuch as slipping causes falling, which requires landing. While slipping is largely an accidental occurrence, many falls and landings are also intentional, particularly...

Forces and Their Measurement

Graham E. Caldwell

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Graham E. Caldwell, PhD, an associate professor and a 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 won the Canadian Society for Biomechanics New Investigator Award and in 1998 won the Outstanding Teacher Award for the School of Public Health and Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He served as an associate editor for Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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D. Gordon E. Robertson

D. Gordon E. Robertson, PhD, an emeritus professor and a fellow of the Canadian Society for Bio-mechanics, wrote Introduction to Biomechanics for Human Motion Analysis. He taught undergraduate- and graduate-level biomechanics at the University of Ottawa and previously at the University of British Columbia, Canada. He conducts research on human locomotion and athletic activities and authors the analogue data analysis software BioProc3. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Saunders N. Whittlesey

Saunders N. Whittlesey, PhD, a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, is a self-employed technology consultant specializing in athletic training, sporting goods, and clinical applications. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Research Methods in Biomechanics

Human Kinetics, 2014

Ebook Chapter

...The field of mechanics is partitioned into the study of motion (kinematics) and the study of the causes of motion (kinetics). Chapters 1 and 2 covered important aspects of the kinematics of human movement, and we now turn our attention...