Fundamental Biomechanics of Sport and Exerciseis an
engaging and comprehensive introductory textbook that explains
biomechanical concepts from first principles, showing clearly how
the science relates to real sport and exercise situations.
The book is divided into two parts. The first provides a clear
and detailed introduction to the structure and function of the
human musculoskeletal system and its structural adaptations,
essential for a thorough understanding of human movement. The
second part focuses on the biomechanics of movement, describing the
forces that act on the human body and the effects of those forces
on the movement of the body.
Every chapter includes numerous applied examples from sport and
exercise, helping the student to understand how mechanical concepts
describe both simple and complex movements, from running and
jumping to pole-vaulting or kicking a football. In
addition, innovative worksheets for field and laboratory work
are included that contain clear objectives, a description of
method, data recording sheets, plus a set of exemplary data and
worked analysis. Alongside these useful features are definitions of
key terms plus review questions to aid student learning, with
detailed solutions provided for all numerical questions.
No other textbook offers such a clear, easy-to-understand
introduction to the fundamentals of biomechanics. This is an
essential textbook for any biomechanics course taken as part of
degree programme in sport and exercise science, kinesiology,
physical therapy, sports coaching or athletic training.