Introductory Biomechanics (Book with CD-ROM)

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  • Copyright: 2010-01-01
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An interactive text ideal for all health and sports professional students who require a basic understanding of the major biomechanical principles they meet in practice, including movement analysis and tissue mechanics. Starting from the point of zero-knowledge, this book presents what can be a very dry and difficult area, in an engaging and visual way using everyday objects to illustrate the principles and linking this to human anatomy and movement . Less time is spent on mathematics and classic mechanics with greater emphasis on how these principles are applied to professional practiceIntroductory Biomechanics uses workbook-style learning diffusing manageable chunks of theory with learning activities and ultimately making the link back to clinical application. The accompanying CD is closely tied in with the text, containing video clips and real motion analysis data of walking, jumping, cycling and rising from a chair. There are also numerous animations of principles in action. The user is in control of most clips and animations and can change settings and manipulate variables practically showing biomechanics in action. The CD also contains a dynamic quiz drawing randomly from a pool of over 70 questions (MCQs, fill-in-the-blanks, true/false) which also provides feedback and percentage score on completion. Problems are posed to help students work through the theory and apply it to clinical scenarios CD offers thought-experiment activities, animations, video clips and scored quizzes to aid student learning Icons in text link to accompanying CD making the theory come alive Boxes containing additional information on many subjects extend knowledge or provide historical perspective to the principle in question

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Fundamentals of forcep. 3
What is force?p. 3
What does mechanical force do?p. 3
Scalar or vector?p. 4
Drawing vectorsp. 6
Point of applicationp. 7
Force magnitude and change in motionp. 8
The force of musclesp. 9
Magnitude of momentsp. 11
Direction of momentsp. 13
Gravity, mass and stabilityp. 15
Gravity: the ultimate forcep. 15
Centre of massp. 18
Calculating the centre of massp. 18
Moments created by massp. 21
Moments and posturep. 23
Stabilityp. 23
Local and general stabilityp. 26
Standing balancep. 28
Force analysis: Graphs and mathsp. 35
How do forces combine?p. 35
The Q angle and knee painp. 38
Measuring forcep. 41
Using mathematics to resolve forcep. 43
Forces and motionp. 47
Inertiap. 47
Moment of inertiap. 49
Linear momentump. 49
Rotational momentump. 52
Conservation of angular momentump. 54
Newton's second law: Impulse and momentump. 54
Newton's third law: Action and reactionp. 56
Bodies in contact: pressure and frictionp. 58
Centre of pressurep. 58
Frictionp. 59
Work and machinesp. 61
Workp. 61
Muscles at workp. 62
Direction of workp. 64
Using machines to do workp. 64
Categories of leversp. 66
Velocity ratiop. 68
More advanced machinesp. 69
Pulleysp. 69
The power of workp. 71
Efficiencyp. 73
Practical problems on force and human movementp. 75
Stress and strainp. 77
Definitionsp. 77
Stressp. 78
Strainp. 82
Stress-strain relationship and stiffnessp. 84
A few other properties of materialsp. 86
Composition and mechanical properties of connective tissuep. 89
Connective tissuep. 89
Skinp. 91
Musclep. 92
Bonep. 94
Articular cartilagep. 95
Tissue remodellingp. 96
Inactivity (immobilization)p. 97
Maturationp. 97
Effect of ageingp. 97
Effect of recent historyp. 98
Temperaturep. 98
Science of stretchp. 99
Flowp. 103
Relative densityp. 103
Hydrostatic pressurep. 105
Archimedes principle, buoyancy and Pascal's lawp. 107
Take the pressure offp. 108
Air pressurep. 108
Mechanics of flowp. 108
Dragp. 109
Bernoulli's principlep. 110
Blood flow: haemodynamicsp. 111
Energy and movementp. 113
What energy isp. 113
Potential and kinetic energyp. 114
Elastically stored potential energyp. 116
Energy conservationp. 118
Muscle energyp. 120
Measuring energy during movementp. 120
Therapeutic application of forcep. 123
Mobilization techniquesp. 123
Static stretchingp. 126
Respiratory techniquesp. 127
Hydrotherapyp. 128
Orthosesp. 129
Dynamic wrist splintsp. 130
Appendicesp. 133
Indexp. 145
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