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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...

Essential Mechanics and Mathematics

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

...The purpose of this chapter is to provide sufficient mechanics and mathematics to facilitate understanding of the remainder of this book. For many people, mathematics has been a frightening area of their school curriculum. Additionally...

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...