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Andy Lapham
11-18-1993, 11:08 PM
Thanks to everyone who responded to my request for basic biomechanics
texts. Appended is a list of suggestions together with any comments that came
with them. It seems to be a fairly limited list and the comments suggest that
a "perfect" text is an elusive beast!

I hope this may be of use to some of you.

Andy Lapham
School of Technology and Information Studies
Thames Valley University, St Mary's Road, Ealing, London, W5 5RF

Email: (UK JANet) ST0187@UK.AC.TVU.E.PA


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A few books that may be useful are by these authors:
Cochran-gvb; Radin-E et al; Mow and Hayes;Burstein& Frankel;Whittle
and Harris;Hope that is of use


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Basic Orthopaedic Biomechanics
Van C. Mow, Wilson C. Hayes
Raven Press, New York, 1991
ISBN 0-88167-796-5

From: Jeff Cerier

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The Human Machine, R. McNeill Alexander, Columbia
University Press. 1992. ISBN 0-231-08066-2

From: Edwin DeMont

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From: BARFIELDB@edu.Citadel

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May I respectfully suggest the text Kreighbaum and Barthels, Biomechanics: a
qualitative approach for studying human movement, New York: Macmillan. It is
in its 4th edition (in press) and has been well received in the United States,
Canada, and numerous other countries. Included are sections in functional
anatomy, movement analysis, basic mechanical properties, has a conceptual
approach to understanding locomotor and sports movements and a section on
introduction to biomechanics instrumentation.

You mention equipment design in your call for texts. In June 1994, Human
Kinetics Publ. will list a new text titled Sports and Fitness Equipment Design.
The table of contents lists the following: foot-ground interfaces, running and
court shoes, x-c and downhill ski boots, hiking boots; striking implements,
tennis and racquetball racquets, golf clubs, baseball and softball bats; and
exercise and fitness equipment, road bicycles, aerobic and fitness machines,
strength training machines and equipment, and watercraft. The format includes
biomechanical principles of equipment design as well as discussion of what has
been and is on the market. It is written for students in movement fields,
retailers, designers and users and is currently used in a course titled sports
equipment design at Montana State University.

From: Ellen Kreighbaum

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We have Basic and Advanced units in Biomechanics within a Human Movement
Science Degree. Some of the texts I have found useful are:

Hay, J.G. The Biomechanics of Sports Techniques. Third edition. Prentice Hall
Inc. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.
ISBN 0-13-077164-3

This is an excellent text for sports biomechanics with an emphasis on
technique analysis and qualitative models.

Kreighbaum, E. & K.M. Barthels, Biomechanics. A qualitative approach for
studying human movement. Third Edition. MacMillan, New York.
ISBN 0-02-366480-0

Useful for basic biomechanics. An extensive functional anatomy component.
Includes good coverage of hydro/aero dynamics, kinetic link principle,
projectile motion, etc and the latest edition has reasonable chapter on
equipment and techniques for quantitative analysis.

Winter, D.A. Biomechanics and motor control of human movement. Second Edition.
Wiley-Interscience, New York.
ISBN 0-471-50908-6

Perhaps a book more appropriate for an advanced biomechanics class. Excellent
coverage of quantitative methods in biomechanics e.g. data filtering, force
measurement, film analysis, muscle mechanics, EMG.

From: Robert Newton

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Susan Hall (1991)
Basic Biomechanics
St-Louis, Mosby Year Book
ISBN 0-8016-2087-2

This book is very easy to understand for beginners. It is a bit simplistic for
all my requirements but those having problems think it is great.

Kreighbaum and Barthels
Biomechanics: A qualitative approach for studying human movement.
New York, Macmillan
ISBN 0-02-366480-0
I have a 1985 edition. There is a newer 3rd edition that is even better
This book covers a bit more depth than Hall but can still be a bit simplistic.
I also recomend Winter's text but I have difficulty getting undergraduates to
read it.

From: BI_SINCLAIR@au.edu.su.cchs

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M. Whittle: Gait analysis. An introduction.

From: Moshe Nissan

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Professor Jac Wismans at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Eindhoven
University of Technology has put together a book for his students on
"Injury Biomechanics". (We have started using it this year for our students
at Chalmers Univ. in Goteborg, Sweden.)

His address is:
Eindhoven University of Technology
Division of Fundamentals (WFW)
P.O. Box 513
5600 MB Eindhoven
The Netherlands
TNO-Crash Safety Research Centre
Schoemakerstraat 97
P.O. Box 6033
2600 JA Delft
The Netherlands
Fax: +31 15 624321
Phone: +31 15 696343

From: mys@se.chalmers.ip (Mats Svensson)

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We have used two different texts for the skeletal biomechanics
course (graduate level) offered through the Dept of Biomedical
Engineering -

Basic Biomechnaics of the Musculoskeletal System
by M. Nordin and V. H. Frankel, Lea & Febiger, 1989

Basic Orthopaedic Biomechanics
by V. C. Mow and W. C. Wilson, Raven Press, 1991

Neither has much in the way of equipment, lab set-up, etc.

From: "Joseph E. Hale"

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At Arizona State University we use Jim Hay's "The Biomechanics of Sports
Techniques" (4th edition, 1993). We have also used Susan Hall's "Basic
Biomechanics" (1st edition, 1991), Hay & Reid (1988, "Anatomy, Mechanics,
and Human Motion"), Kreighbaum & Barthels (1989, "Biomechanics-A Qualitative
Approach for Studying Human Movement"). If your students have all had
calculus, I suggest Ozkaya & Nordin (1991, "Fundamental of Biomechanics-
Equilibrium, Motion, and Deformation"). Hope this helps.