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01-03-2001, 02:56 PM
I would like to thank all the people who responded to my question.
Here is the original question followed by a summary of the responses:
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Original question:
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I am going to teach a course: "instrumentation and measurements in
biomechanics and motor control". The course is designed to familiarize
upper level undergraduate and graduate students with the use of a variety
of instruments for measurements of kinematic, kinetic and EMG data. The
students will get hands-on experience through a weekly lab. I am looking
for a book to accompany this course. The ideal book will have the
theoretical background as well as examples and suggestions for lab
activities. Alternatively, I will create a course pack using a variety of
sources. So far I have looked at the following sources for such a course
Webster, J.G. (1992) Medical instrumentation, application and design.

Rubin S.A. (1987) The principles of biomedical instrumentation. A
beginner's guide.

Winter, D.A. (1990) Biomechanics and motor control of human movement.

Miller, D.I. and Nelson, R.C. (1973) Biomechanics of sport.

Jeffrey, R.C., Kasman, G.S. and Holtz, J. (1998) Introduction to surface

Tutorials on the use of surface electromyography. http://www.delsys.com.

International Society of Electromyographical Kinesiology (ISEK) EMG
standards. Appendix C. Units, Terms and Standards in the reporting of EMG

I would appreciate any suggestions/recommendations for either a book for
the course, or any other good resources for either the course pack or
ideas for the labs.
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Summary of responses:
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1. LeVeau BF. Williams and Lissner- Biomechanics of Human Motion.
Philadelphia, PA: WB Saunders; 1992.

2. Mechanical Measurements" by Beckwith, T.G. & N. Lewis Buck.

3. LabVIEW: Data Acquisition and Analysis for the Movement Sciences,1/e
Andrew McDonough , New York University
Copyright 2001, 256 pp., Spiral Bound, ISBN 0-13-012847-3
(The author teaches a similar course to 411 at NYU

4. Biomechanics of the Musculo-Skeletal System, 2nd Edition
Edited by: Benno M. Nigg & W. Herzog (Both of Univ. of Calgary, Alberta,
ISBN: 0-471-97818-3
Hardcover Price: US$124.95
Pages: 656
Copyright: 1999
John Wiley & Sons Ltd

5. Try "Neurophysiological Basis of Movement" by Mark Latash. It has six
laboratory activities all set out for you.

6. DA Winter and AE Patla
Signal processing and linear systems for the movement sciences.
Waterloo Biomechanics

7. Jaqueline Perry's Gait Analysis (Slack, Inc) has several chapters on
the instrumentation for biomechanics. They are a happy medium between
what life scientists and exact scientists need to know.

8. Roger Bartlett's Introduction to Sports Biomechanics (E & FN Spon) also
has a few chapters on instrumentation for biomechanics where he goes
into such details as sampling frequency and anti-alias.

9. Standardizing Biomechanical Testing in Sport by Dainty and Norman,
1987. ISBN =

10. Intro to Medical Electronics Jennings etal, ISBN = 0340614579

11. Enderle, Introduction to Biomedical Engineering, Academic Press, 1999,

12. The Biomedical Engineering Handbook, CRC Press, Bronzino

13. Dainty & Normal, Standardizing Biomechanical Testing in
Sport, ISBN: 0-87322-074-9.

14. Figliola, R.S. & D.E. Beasley (1991) Theory and Design for Mechanical
Measurements. John Wiley & Sons. New York.

15. Karselis, T.C. (1994). The Pocket Guide to Clinical Laboratory
Instrumentation. F.A. Davis Company. Philadelphia.

16. Loeb, G.E. & C.Gans. (1986). Electromyography for Experimentalists.
The University of Chicago Press, Chicago, Il.

17. Malmstadt, H.V., CG. Enke & S.R. Crouch, (1981) Electronics and
Instrumentation for Scientists. Benjamin/Cummings Pub. Co. Inc. Reading,

18. McWhorter, G & A.J. Evans (1994). Basic Electronics. Master
Publishing Inc., Chicago. Available through Radio Shack.

19. Northrop, R.B. (1997). Introduction to Instrumentation and
Measurements. CRC Press LLC. Boca Raton, FL.

20. Ramirez, R.W. (1985) The FFT. Fundamentals and Concepts.
Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs, NJ.

21. Sloan, G.R. (1996). The TAB Electronics Guide to Understanding
Electricity and Electronics. McGraw-Hill Co. New York.

22. Webster, J.G. ed. (1998) Medical Instrumentation: Application and
Design, 3rd ed. John Wiley & Sons, INC. New York.

23. Webster, J.G. ed. Encyclopedia of Medical Devices and Instrumentation
in Encyclopedia section of HSL Library.Volumes 1 through 4.

24. Webster, J.G. ed. (1999). The Measurement, Instrumentation and
Sensors Handbook. CRC Press LLC., Boca Raton, FL.

25. Wolf, S. (1983) Guide to Electronic Measurements and Laboratory
Practice. 2nd ed. Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs, NJ.

26. Pallas-Areny, R. & Webster, J.G. (1991). Sensors and Signal
Conditioning. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. New York.

1. Summary paper on surface EMG by DeLuca, C. in JAB 13, 1997.

2. Summary paper on Data Smoothing by Wood, G.A. in Ex. & Sports Sci.
Reviews Vol. 10, 1982.

1. Selected Topics in Surface EMG for use in the Occupational Setting:
Expert Perspectives. U.S. Dept. Health & Human Services,
Center for Disease Control, 1992.

2. I am about to launch a web book that deals with this. It is
accessable with a username and password.

For a preview look at

The costs will be

30 pounds for single users
100 pounds for 10 users
150 pounds for 20 users

The last two costs are mainly for people wanting to use it in

To all those who wish to access the material for teaching for the next
term I may be able to sort out temporay access to parts of the book.
Please look at the following site and let me know which chapter you
would like to preview. Chapter 1 is free. The others you will be able to
see the contents list but not the material.

In the next few weeks I will be setting up a 'buy me' button which
can accept credit cards, once credit has been received I will issue
usernames and passwords to access the whole site.

Dr Jim Richards
Senior Lecturer in Biomechanics
University of Salford

Course material from others:
1. http://www.uncg.edu/~pfvint/ESS_676_Syllabus_Spring_1998.html#top

2. We are developing some virtual labs starting with one on 3-D
You may take a look at http://p3.smpp.nwu.edu/bmec66/. Let me know if
is any suggestion/comment.
Li-Qun "Larry" Zhang, Ph.D.
Sr. Res. Scientist/Asst. Prof.
Sensory-Motor Performance Program, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
Depts. of PM&R, Orthop. Surg., and Biomed. Eng.
Northwestern University
Phone: 312-238-4767
FAX: 312-238-2208
E-mail: l-zhang@northwestern.edu

3. http://www.health.uottawa.ca/biomech/courses/apa6905

Thanks again to all of you who replied,

Tal Liberzon.

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