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    Comments on two issues: early locomotion studies and analyzing snack
    cake catching.
    1) The earliest attempt to analyze locomotion I know of was Aristotle.
    See his, "On the Motion of Animals," where he describes the movements
    of many animals, including humans.

    2) Regarding the analysis of catching Little Debbie snack cakes. First,
    Tim, congratulations on your insight and welcome to ergonomics. Second,
    consider the purpose of the video analysis. A full-fledged biomechanical
    analysis, even 2D, requires a high degree of technical sophistication on the
    part of the equipment and the experimenter -- and the results may not be
    directly usable to determine good cake-catching abilities. Plus, whatever
    results are found need to be relayed and taught to trainees. Since the
    ultimate purpose is to train new employees, in particular to get them
    past opening day jitters, let me suggest an alternate route. Get your hands
    on DV Knudson and CS Morrison's book, "Qualitative Analysis of Human
    Movement" (Human Kinetics, 1997). Here you can learn how to analyze
    motion without the technological barriers, and further, learn how to use
    this information in teaching the trainees. Knudson and Morrison primarily
    use sports skills for examples, but the techniques can be applied to any
    realm of human movement.

    Jeff Ives, Ph.D.
    Dept. Exercise and Sport Sciences
    Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY 14850

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