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Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise 3rd Edition eBook With Web Resource

Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise 3rd Edition eBook With Web Resource



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    Taking a unique approach to the presentation of mechanical concepts, Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise eBook, Third Edition With Web Resource, introduces exercise and sport biomechanics in simple terms. By providing mechanics before functional anatomy, the book helps students understand forces and their effects before studying how body structures deal with forces. Students will learn to appreciate the consequences of external forces, how the body generates internal forces to maintain position, and how forces create movement in physical activities.

    Rather than presenting the principles as isolated and abstract, the text enables students to discover the principles of biomechanics for themselves through observation. By examining ordinary activities firsthand, students will develop meaningful explanations resulting in a deeper understanding of the underlying mechanical concepts. This practical approach combines striking visual elements with clear and concise language to encourage active learning and improved comprehension.

    This updated edition maintains the organization and features that made previous editions user friendly, such as a quick reference guide of frequently used equations printed on the inside cover and review questions at the end of each chapter to test students’ understanding of important concepts. The third edition also incorporates new features to facilitate learning:

    • Two online resources incorporate sample problems and use of video to allow practical application of the material.

    • New art and diagrams enhance problem sets and help students visualize the mechanics of real-world scenarios.

    • Increased number of review questions (200) and problem sets (120) provide an opportunity for practical application of concepts.

    • Greater emphasis on the basics, including improved descriptions of conversions and an expanded explanation of the assumption of point mass when modeling objects, provides a stronger foundation for understanding.

    • New content on deriving kinematic data from video or film and the use of accelerometers in monitoring physical activity keeps students informed of technological advances in the field.

    Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise eBook, Third Edition With Web Resource, is supplemented with two companion resources that will help students better comprehend the material. Packaged with this e-book, the web resource includes all of the problems from the book, separated by chapter, plus 18 sample problems that guide students step by step through the process of solving. This e-book may also be enhanced with access to MaxTRAQ Educational 2D software for Windows. MaxTRAQ Educational 2D software enables students to analyze and quantify real-world sport movements in video clips and upload their own video content for analysis. The software supplements the final section of the text that bridges the concepts of internal and external forces with the application of biomechanics; it also provides an overview of the technology used in conducting quantitative biomechanical analyses. The MaxTRAQ Educational 2D software must be purchased separately to supplement this e-book at the MaxTRAQ website.

    Instructors will benefit from an updated ancillary package. An instructor guide outlines each chapter and offers step-by-step solutions to the quantitative problems presented, as well as sample lecture topics, student activities, and teaching tips. A test package makes it easy to prepare quizzes and tests, and an image bank contains most of the figures and tables from the text for use in developing course presentations.

    Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise, Third Edition, is ideal for those needing a deeper understanding of biomechanics from a qualitative perspective. Thoroughly updated and expanded, this textmakes the biomechanics of physical activity easy to understand and apply.


    Text for undergraduate biomechanics courses for students studying kinesiology, exercise science, physical education, or other human movement fields; reference for graduate students, sport biomechanists, exercise scientists, athletic trainers and therapists, and sport physical therapists.

    Table of Contents

    Student and Instructor Resources
    How to Use MaxTRAQ

    Introduction: Why Study Biomechanics
    What Is Biomechanics?
    What Are the Goals of Sport and Exercise Biomechanics?
    The History of Sport Biomechanics
    The Organization of Mechanics
    Basic Dimensions and Units of Measurement Used in Mechanics
    Learning Aids

    Part I: External Biomechanics: External Forces and Their Effects on the Body and Its Movement
    Chapter 1. Forces: Maintaining Equilibrium or Changing Motion
    What Are Forces?
    Classifying Forces
    Addition of Forces: Force Composition
    Resolution of Forces
    Static Equilibrium
    Learning Aids

    Chapter 2. Linear Kinematics: Describing Objects in Linear Motion
    Linear Kinematics
    Uniform Acceleration and Projectile Motion
    Learning Aids
    Motion Analysis Exercises Using MaxTRAQ

    Chapter 3. Linear Kinetics: Explaining the Causes of Linear Motion
    Newton’s First Law of Motion: Law of Inertia
    Conservation of Momentum
    Newton’s Second Law of Motion: Law of Acceleration
    Impulse and Momentum
    Newton’s Third Law of Motion: Law of Action-Reaction
    Newton’s Law of Universal Gravitation
    Learning Aids
    Motion Analysis Exercises Using MaxTRAQ

    Chapter 4. Work, Power, and Energy: Explaining the Causes of Motion Without Newton
    The Work–Energy Relationship
    Learning Aids
    Motion Analysis Exercises Using MaxTRAQ

    Chapter 5. Torques and Moments of Force: Maintaining Equilibrium or Changing Angular Motion
    What Are Torques?
    Forces and Torques in Equilibrium
    What Is Center of Gravity?
    Learning Aids

    Chapter 6. Angular Kinematics: Describing Objects in Angular Motion
    Angular Position and Displacement
    Angular and Linear Displacement
    Angular Velocity
    Angular and Linear Velocity
    Angular Acceleration
    Angular and Linear Acceleration
    Anatomical System for Describing Limb Movements
    Learning Aids
    Motion Analysis Exercises Using MaxTRAQ

    Chapter 7. Angular Kinetics: Explaining the Causes of Angular Motion
    Angular Inertia
    Angular Momentum
    Angular Interpretation of Newton’s First Law of Motion
    Angular Interpretation of Newton’s Second Law of Motion
    Angular Impulse and Angular Momentum
    Angular Interpretation of Newton’s Third Law of Motion
    Learning Aids

    Chapter 8. Fluid Mechanics: The Effects of Water and Air
    Buoyant Force: Force Due to Immersion
    Dynamic Fluid Force: Force Due to Relative Motion
    Learning Aids

    Part II: Internal Biomechanics: Internal Forces and Their Effects on the Body and Its Movement
    Chapter 9. Mechanics of Biological Materials: Stresses and Strains on the Body
    Mechanical Properties of Materials: The Stress–Strain Relationship
    Mechanical Properties of the Musculoskeletal System
    Learning Aids

    Chapter 10. The Skeletal System: The Rigid Framework of the Body
    Learning Aids

    Chapter 11. The Muscular System: The Motors of the Body
    The Structure of Skeletal Muscle
    Muscle Action
    Muscle Contraction Force
    Learning Aids

    Chapter 12. The Nervous System: Control of the Musculoskeletal System
    The Nervous System and the Neuron
    The Motor Unit
    Receptors and Reflexes
    Learning Aids

    Part III: Applying Biomechanical Principles
    Chapter 13. Qualitative Biomechanical Analysis to Improve Technique
    Types of Biomechanical Analysis
    Steps of a Qualitative Biomechanical Analysis
    Sample Analyses
    Learning Aids

    Chapter 14. Qualitative Biomechanical Analysis to Improve Training
    Biomechanics and Training
    Qualitative Anatomical Analysis Method
    Sample Analyses
    Learning Aids

    Chapter 15. Qualitative Biomechanical Analysis to Understand Injury Development
    Steven T. McCaw
    Mechanical Stress and Injury
    Tissue Response to Stress
    Mechanism of Overuse Injury
    Individual Differences in Tissue Threshold
    Intrinsic and Extrinsic Factors Affecting Injury
    Sample Analysis: Overuse Injuries in Running
    Learning Aids

    Chapter 16. Technology in Biomechanics
    Quantitative Biomechanical Analysis
    Measurement Issues
    Tools for Measuring Biomechanical Variables
    Learning Aids
    Motion Analysis Exercises Using MaxTRAQ

    Appendix A: Units of Measurement and Conversions
    Appendix B: Answers to Selected Review Questions, Problems, and MaxTRAQ Exercises
    References and Suggested Readings
    Web Resources
    About the Author

    About the Author

    Peter M. McGinnis, PhD, is a professor in the department of kinesiology at the State University of New York, College at Cortland, where he has taught since 1990. He is also the men’s and women’s pole vault coach at SUNY Cortland. Before 1990, Dr. McGinnis was an assistant professor in the department of kinesiology at the University of Northern Colorado. During that time he served as a sport biomechanist in the Sports Science Division of the U.S. Olympic Committee in Colorado Springs, where he conducted applied sport biomechanics research, tested athletes, taught biomechanics courses to coaches, and developed educational materials for coaches.

    Dr. McGinnis is also the biomechanist for the pole vault event for USA Track and Field. As a member of the American Society of Testing Materials, he serves as chair of the pole vault equipment subcommittee and the task group on pole vault helmets. He has authored numerous articles and technical reports about the biomechanics of pole vaulting and has been a reviewer for Sports Biomechanics, the Journal of Applied Biomechanics, Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, and the Journal of Sports Sciences.

    Dr. McGinnis is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American College of Sports Medicine, American Society of Biomechanics, and the International Society of Biomechanics in Sport. He received a PhD in physical education from the University of Illinois in 1984 and a BS in engineering from Swarthmore College in 1976.


    All ancillary materials for this text are FREE to course adopters and available online at

    Instructor guide. Includes sample lecture outlines, key points, and student assignments for every chapter in the text, along with sample problems worked out in the author’s own handwriting and direct links to a range of detailed sources on the Internet.

    Test package. Features a bank of more than 380 questions, including true-or-false, fill-in-the-blank, essay and short-answer, and multiple-choice. The test package is available for use through multiple formats, including a learning management system, Respondus, and rich text.

    Image bank. Includes all of the figures and tables from the text, sorted by chapter, which can be used in developing a customized presentation based on specific course requirements or used in creating other learning aids for students.

    The image bank is also available for purchase • ISBN 978-1-4504-2106-5

    Web resource. Includes all of the problems from the book for easy access, plus 18 sample problems worked out to further facilitate student learning.

    The web resource is also available for purchase • ISBN 978-1-4504-2107-2

    MaxTRAQ Educational 2D software. Windows-compatible software allows students to analyze and quantify real-world sport movements in video clips and even upload their own video content for analysis.

    Access to MaxTRAQ Educational 2D software is also available for purchase at