2nd Edition

Instant Notes in Sport and Exercise Biomechanics

    440 Pages 269 B/W Illustrations
    by Garland Science

    440 Pages 269 B/W Illustrations
    by Garland Science

    440 Pages 269 B/W Illustrations
    by Garland Science

    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.

    Section A: Kinematics of Linear Motion

    A1 Linear Motion

    A2 Centre of Gravity and Centre of Mass

    A3 Equilibrium

    A4 Kinematic Data: Differentiation

    A5 Kinematic Data: Integration

    A6 Uniform Acceleration and Projectile Motion

    Section B: Kinetics of Linear Motion

    B1 Forces

    B2 Gravity, Weight and Vertical Projection

    B3 Friction

    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

    C4 Levers

    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

    E4 Impacts

    E5 Centre of Percussion

    Section F: Human Movement Applications

    F1 Walking

    F2 Running

    F3 Jumping

    F4 Throwing

    F5 Kicking

    F6 Swimming

    F7 Golf

    Section G: Measurement and Analysis Techniques

    G1 Optoelectronic Analysis

    G2 Wearable Sensors

    G3 Force Plate

    G4 Pressure Measurement

    G5 Electromyography

    G6 Isokinetics

    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.