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    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.

    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 0-13-012847-3,2581,0130128473,00.html
    (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:

    2. We are developing some virtual labs starting with one on 3-D
    You may take a look at 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


    Thanks again to all of you who replied,

    Tal Liberzon.

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