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    Hi All,

    This type of post seems to get raised every so often and I have read the previous posts which have helped me to narrow down my selection of texts.

    I have started a new role at Macquarie University and not having taught undergrad for a few years am looking for advice on what text(s) are being used. In the past I have used Susan Hall's Basic Biomechanics but it is not available electronically. The availability of an e-book is a requirement. With that what are people using? This is a 3rd year undergrad class, although their first exposure to biomechanics. Probably most will not go onto to become biomechanists, some may do post-grad physiotherapy, some may never do biomechanics again! So this will be very much a basic intro to biomechanics.

    My thoughts are:
    Knudson, Fundamental of Biomechanics, http://www.springer.com/us/book/9780387493114
    McGinnis, Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise, http://www.humankinetics.com/product...h-web-resource
    Winter, Biomechanics and Motor Control of Human Movement, http://au.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTi...470398183.html (although this is probably too advanced).

    Thanks in advance for your help.

    Regards,
    Tim.

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    Re: Undergraduate biomechanics text

    Hi Tim,

    Without knowing the focus/theme/learning outcomes of your unit/class it is very difficult to recommend the best textbook, some possibilities which may be helpful are:

    Biomechanics in Sport: Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention: Olympic Encyclopaedia of Sports Medicine - Edited By Vladimir M. Zatsiorsky.
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Biomechanics.../dp/0632053925
    Biomechanics and exercise physiology [electronic resource] / quantitative modeling / Arthur T. Johnson.
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Biomechanics...hur+T.+Johnson.
    Whittle's Gait analysis [electronic resource] / edited by David Levine, Jim Richards, Michael W. Whittle (This has some decent biomech content at the start)
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Whittles-Gai...&keywords=gait
    Basic Biomechanics of the Musculoskeletal System Paperback by Margareta Nordin (Author), Victor Frankel (Author) (available on kindle)
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Biomechanics...s=biomechanics
    Research Methods in Biomechanics-2nd Edition by D Gordon E Robertson (Author) (available on kindle)
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Research-Met...s=biomechanics
    Orthopaedic Biomechanics Made Easy Paperback by Shahbaz S. Malik ), Sheraz S. Malik (available on kindle)
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Orthopaedic-...s=biomechanics


    Regards
    Dan

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    • #3
      Re: Undergraduate biomechanics text

      Hi Tim,
      A new text book Strength and Conditioning: A biomechanical approach by Dr Moir (http://www.jblearning.com/catalog/9781284034844/) is an excellent biomechanical text book for undergraduate students. It situates all the biomechanical work within the realm of strength and conditioning which makes it accessible for a wider range of students, helping them to engage with the topic.
      Best regards
      Chris



      Originally posted by tladoyle33 View Post
      Hi All,

      This type of post seems to get raised every so often and I have read the previous posts which have helped me to narrow down my selection of texts.

      I have started a new role at Macquarie University and not having taught undergrad for a few years am looking for advice on what text(s) are being used. In the past I have used Susan Hall's Basic Biomechanics but it is not available electronically. The availability of an e-book is a requirement. With that what are people using? This is a 3rd year undergrad class, although their first exposure to biomechanics. Probably most will not go onto to become biomechanists, some may do post-grad physiotherapy, some may never do biomechanics again! So this will be very much a basic intro to biomechanics.

      My thoughts are:
      Knudson, Fundamental of Biomechanics, http://www.springer.com/us/book/9780387493114
      McGinnis, Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise, http://www.humankinetics.com/product...h-web-resource
      Winter, Biomechanics and Motor Control of Human Movement, http://au.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTi...470398183.html (although this is probably too advanced).

      Thanks in advance for your help.

      Regards,
      Tim.

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        Re: Undergraduate biomechanics text

        Originally posted by tladoyle33 View Post
        Hi All,

        This type of post seems to get raised every so often and I have read the previous posts which have helped me to narrow down my selection of texts.

        I have started a new role at Macquarie University and not having taught undergrad for a few years am looking for advice on what text(s) are being used. In the past I have used Susan Hall's Basic Biomechanics but it is not available electronically. The availability of an e-book is a requirement. With that what are people using? This is a 3rd year undergrad class, although their first exposure to biomechanics. Probably most will not go onto to become biomechanists, some may do post-grad physiotherapy, some may never do biomechanics again! So this will be very much a basic intro to biomechanics.

        My thoughts are:
        Knudson, Fundamental of Biomechanics, http://www.springer.com/us/book/9780387493114
        McGinnis, Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise, http://www.humankinetics.com/product...h-web-resource
        Winter, Biomechanics and Motor Control of Human Movement, http://au.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTi...470398183.html (although this is probably too advanced).

        Thanks in advance for your help.

        Regards,
        Tim.

        Hi Tim,

        I taught an undergraduate and graduate level biomechanics class this last year for the first time. I used this book: Orthopaedic Biomechanics, Donald L. Bartel, Dwight T. Davy & Tony M. Keaveny, Pearson, ISBN: 013-008-9095, but the students have hated it both semesters! It is dense and difficult to read. For the graduate class is has been fine, but probably not good for an undergraduate course.

        This last summer I researched and reviewed several books. I didn't really like the Knudson book that much since it doesn't go into enough Orthopaedic topics, Winter is nice too but seems out dated. I don't know the McGinnis book. Out of all of my research though the book that I found really useful and up to date is Research Methods in Biomechanics 2nd Edition by Robertson. Very clearly written, good examples, nice and thorough overview of topics, and has software available for motion analysis (although PC only). The ISBN is 9780736093408

        Best regards,

        Wayne Fischer
        Boise State University

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        • #5
          Re: Undergraduate biomechanics text

          Thanks, Dan.

          It's a basic biomech intro course. A bit of everything.

          Thanks for the recommendations. I'll have a look at them

          Regards,
          Tim.

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          • #6
            Re: Undergraduate biomechanics text

            Thanks, Wayne.

            Appreciate the direct feedback on Knudson's book. I have seen Robertson's book but not looked too closely at it, but I will now.

            Regards,
            Tim.

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            • #7
              Re: Undergraduate biomechanics text

              Thanks all for the replies. All useful.

              I have also had the following text recommended to me.

              http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sports-Biome.../dp/1408127490

              Just to add another to the list.

              Regards,
              Tim.

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              • #8
                Re: Undergraduate biomechanics text

                Hi All,
                I highly recommend Sports Biomechanics: The Basics: Optimising Human Performance by Anthony J. Blazevich. This is written specifically for teaching the principles of biomechanics. For our sports biomechanics unit the lectures follow each of the chapters in the book. The students love it and it has quizzes, applied examples and a maths help section too.
                https://books.google.com.au/books?id...MC&redir_esc=y
                http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sports-Biome.../dp/1408127490
                Kind Regards,
                Jodie

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                • #9
                  Re: Undergraduate biomechanics text

                  Hi Tim,

                  I have used the Hall text in the past but we cover kinesiology in a different course and felt there were a lot of "unused" chapters. I switched to the McGinnis book 2-3 semesters ago and have been happy with it. For me it's a nice mix of the concepts and the quantitative. Our class sounds similar to yours, a mix of those who may never use it again and those who will go on to grad school, PT programs, etc. Finding a book that meets those varied needs could be a challenge but I'm happy with the McGinnis text. I like the self-experiments they provide too. One drawback is the answers to the chapter review questions and problems are int eh back of the book but I don't always agree with the answers they provide!

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                  • #10
                    Re: Undergraduate biomechanics text

                    Thanks, Jodie.

                    Tony also brought my attention to this text which I was not aware of. I am having a look at it now, it looks promising. I also like that students are reporting their enjoyment of biomech being taught with this text, which is often a problem!!!

                    Cheers.

                    Regards,
                    Tim.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Undergraduate biomechanics text

                      Thanks, Josh.

                      Seems to be a problem with a lot of texts with there being unused chapters. Seems a waste doesn't it!

                      Regards,
                      Tim.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Undergraduate biomechanics text

                        Hi Tim,

                        I suggest the book from professor Jim Richards: https://www.elsevier.com/books/biome...-0-443-10170-0

                        It is easy to follow and has a great interactive online course as well.

                        Best Regards,

                        Bruno

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