This is the clearest and most straightforward biomechanics textbook currently available. By breaking down the challenging subject of sport and exercise biomechanics into short thematic sections, it enables students to grasp each topic quickly and easily, and provides lecturers with a flexible resource that they can use to support any introductory course on biomechanics.
The book contains a wealth of useful features for teaching and learning, including clear definitions of key terms, lots of applied examples, guides to further reading, and revision questions with worked solutions. It has been significantly expanded to encompass rapidly developing areas, such as sports equipment design and modern optoelectronic motion analysis systems, and it includes a number of new sections that further develop the application of biomechanics in sports performance and injury prevention. A new companion website includes a test bank, downloadable illustrations and, where appropriate, suggestions for learning outcomes and/or lab-based sessions for lecturers.
Instant Notes in Sport and Exercise Biomechanics has been an invaluable course companion for thousands of students and lecturers over the last decade. Engaging, direct, and now fully refreshed, it is the only biomechanics textbook you’ll ever need.
Table of Contents
Section A: Kinematics of Linear Motion
A1 Linear Motion
A2 Centre of Gravity and Centre of Mass
A4 Kinematic Data: Differentiation
A5 Kinematic Data: Integration
A6 Uniform Acceleration and Projectile Motion
Section B: Kinetics of Linear Motion
B2 Gravity, Weight and Vertical Projection
B4 Impulse and Momentum
B5 Conservation of Linear Momentum
B6 Newton’s Laws of Motion: Linear Motion
Section C: Kinematics and Kinetics of Angular Motion
C1 Angular Motion
C2 Linear-Angular Motion
C3 Torque and Moments
C5 Centripetal Force and Acceleration
C6 Moment of Inertia and Angular Momentum
C7 Newton’s Laws of Motion: Angular Motion
Section D: Muscle and Joint Kinematics and Kinetics
D1 Muscle and Joint Forces: Statics and Dynamics
Section E: Special Topics
E1 Work, Power and Energy
E2 Conservation of Energy
E3 Mechanics of Materials
E5 Centre of Percussion
Section F: Human Movement Applications
Section G: Measurement and Analysis Techniques
G1 Optoelectronic Analysis
G2 Wearable Sensors
G3 Force Plate
G4 Pressure Measurement
G7 Sports Equipment
G8 Data Smoothing, Filtering and Processing
Section H: Appendices
H1 Planes and Axes of Motion
H2 Free Body Diagrams
H3 Sampling Theory
H4 Biomechanics Apps (Applications)
H5 Foundations of Motion Analysis
H6 Mathematics: Algebra and Trigonometry
Paul Grimshaw is Associate Professor in Sports Engineering within the School of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Adelaide, Australia, where he is also Director of Engagement and Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical and Sports) Program Coordinator. His main research interests are concerned with the prevention of injury in the knee and lower back, especially in golf.
Michael Cole is Senior Lecturer in Neuroscience and Motor Control within the School of Exercise Science at the Australian Catholic University, Australia. He has been involved in a number of multi-disciplinary research programs that focus on injury prevention and span the areas of sports biomechanics, clinical biomechanics and neuroscience. His particular areas of expertise are in the assessment of postural instability, gait disability and falls in people with Parkinson’s disease and the evaluation of the invasive and non-invasive therapies for movement disorders.
Adrian Burden is Reader in Sport and Exercise Biomechanics in the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He has held workshops on surface electromyography on behalf of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences, and his research interests lie in the application of electromyography in clinical, sport and exercise settings.
Neil Fowler is Dean of Students at the University of Salford, UK. Before joining the University of Salford, Neil held the roles of Head of Exercise and Sport Science and Associate Dean of Learning Teaching and Quality Enhancement at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. His research interests include spinal mechanics and pain management, the energetics of wheelchair propulsion and Paralympic sport, and the biomechanics of jumping.
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