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Biomechanics of Human Motion: Basics and Beyond for the Health Professions by Barney F. LeVeau (Slack Incorporated)

The focus of Biomechanics of Human Motion is on force. Force is always with us. Force is involved with large objects, such as the interaction among the sun, moon, and earth, or in very small objects, such as interactions among cells. The book presents a straightforward approach to the basic principles, theories and applications of biomechanics and provides numerous techniques and examples for approaching biomechanical situations enhanced by healthcare professionals.

Building on his previous work, Barney LeVeau, professor, Department of Physical Therapy, College of Health Sciences, Alabama State University, uses clearly defined, concise terms and real-life applications rather than advanced mathematics to make teaching and learning biomechanics easier. Biomechanics of Human Motion illustrates how force is applied to the human body and how the body applies force to various objects. The emphasis is upon the pertinent factors that guide readers to an understanding of biomechanics at a beginning level.

Chapter topics in Biomechanics of Human Motion include:

  • Strength of Material such as loading and stress-strain relationships.
  • Composition and Resolution of Forces such as graphic method and mathematical method.
  • Equilibrium such as static, first condition and second condition.
  • Dynamics such as kinematics and kinetics.
  • Application such as stability and balance, motion analysis, and gait.

The book emphasizes simple explanations of biological & mechanical concepts.

Contemporary articles at the end of each chapter provide readers with information beyond the basics. Over 240 images illustrate biomechanical situations and computations.

Biomechanics of Human Motion presents the basic principles of biomechanics and provides techniques and examples for approaching biomechanical situations. The recent articles listed at the end of each chapter provide readers with information beyond the basics. An Instructor's Manual is available providing questions and problems for worksheets, quizzes, and examinations.

Biomechanics of Human Motion provides students and clinicians of all allied health professions with a basic background and solid foundation on which to build an understanding of force and biomechanics. This book provides this background for many disciplines; some areas of study relevant to biomechanics include anatomy, growth process, external loads, trauma, ergonomics, clinical evaluation, clinical treatment, protective equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and body movement. User-friendly, uncomplicated mathematical formulas and examples make the book easy to use.


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