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Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise With Web Resource and MaxTRAQ 2D Software Access 3ed

by Peter McGinnis Human Kinetics
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Taking a unique approach to the presentation of mechanical concepts, Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise, Third Edition With Web Resource and MaxTRAQ Educational 2D Software Access, 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:


 • Access to MaxTRAQ Educational 2D software allows students to analyze real-world sport movements through video.


 • The new web resource guides students step by step through the process of solving 10 sample problems.


 • 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, Third Edition With Web Resource and MaxTRAQ Educational 2D Software Access, is supplemented with two companion resources that will help students better comprehend the material. 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 text is also 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. Access to both online resources is included with new print books. To purchase the components separately, click on the web resource under “Related Products” in the right column.


 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 text makes the biomechanics of physical activity easy to understand and apply.


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

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.