View Full Version : Biomechanics on a shoestring budget

John Blackwell
02-01-1999, 04:53 PM

A few months ago I posted a note about a presentation at the upcoming
Boston AAHPERD meeting related to teaching biomechanics on a shoestring
budget. I asked for input from anyone who wanted to volunteer information
related to laboratory projects, teaching materials and/or equipment. Many
people sent messages that said they want the information that I receive,
while only a handful of people actually sent helpful information.

Information received generally falls into the following categories:

1. Low-cost (less than $5k) data collection/analysis motion analysis
systems that are commercially available.

2. Laboratory manuals that are commercially available and usually linked
with a textbook.

3. Laboratory exercises that individuals have developed by themselves and
are willing to share with the rest of us.

I would like to ask you again, if you have information that could be used
for such a presentation (but not necessarily limited to the three
categories above), to contact me. The goal is to compile teaching
ammunition for those of us who do not have a lot of money, yet still have
to teach kinesiology/biomechanics.

For companies with commercially-available instrumentation or manuals, this
would be a good chance for you to get some free publicity. Let me make it
clear, however, that I will NOT make any statements about the quality of
any products.

For individuals who have lab projects they have developed on their own,
please allow me to share these with the rest of us. Credit will given to
the creator if you want it or you can be an anonymous contributor. I know
there are many of you out there who have developed inexpensive ways to
present kinesiological/biomechanical concepts that are also fun, but I have
only received lab projects from a few people.

This information, along with the Guidelines and Standards for teaching
Kinesiology/Biomechanics presented by the Biomechanics Academy, should
allow for these courses to be more uniform and taught at a consistent, high
level across schools.

Thank you in advance.
John R. Blackwell, Ph.D.
Exercise and Sport Science
University of San Francisco
2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, California 94117-1080
TEL: 415.422.5988
FAX: 415.422.6267
E-mail: blackwell@usfca.edu

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