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The fifth edition of Basic Biomechanics has been significantly updated and redesigned from the previous edition. As the interdisciplinary field of biomechanics grows in both breadth and depth, it is important that even introductory textbooks reflect the nature of the science. Accordingly, the text has been revised, expanded, and updated, with the objectives being to present relevant information from recent research findings and to prepare students to analyze human biomechanics.

The approach taken remains an integrated balance of qualitative and quantitative examples, applications, and problems designed to illustrate the principles discussed. The fifth edition also retains the important sensitivity to the fact that some beginning students of biomechanics possess weak backgrounds in mathematics. For this reason, it includes numerous sample problems and applications, along with practical advice on approaching quantitative problems.


Each chapter follows a logical and readable format, with the introduction of new concepts consistently accompanied by practical human movement examples and applications from across the life span and across sport, clinical, and daily living activities.

New Content Highlights

New content has been added to provide updated scientific information on relevant topics. All chapters have been revised to incorporate the latest information from the biomechanics research literature, and numerous new sport and clinical applications and examples are included. Topics added or significantly expanded include bone modeling and remodeling, osteoporosis, bone changes during spaceflight, articular cartilage function, osteoarthritis, muscle fiber–type conversion, the stretch-shortening cycle, neuromuscular fatigue and injuries, ACL rupture, balance and falling, and gait economy.

Balanced Coverage
The Biomechanics Academy of AAHPERD recommends that undergraduate students in biomechanics devote approximately one-third of study time to anatomical considerations, one-third to mechanical considerations, and the remainder to applications. The integrated approach to coverage of these areas taken in previous editions is continued in this fifth edition.

Applications Oriented
All chapters in this new edition contain discussion of a broad range of updated human movement applications, many of which are taken from the recent biomechanics research literature. Special emphasis has been placed on examples that span all ages and address clinical and daily living issues, as well as sport applications.

The Use of Problems
Problems and laboratory exercises are incorporated throughout the text, with some references to the Dynamic Human CD-ROM and e-Human software, which can be bundled with the book on an optional basis.

Laboratory Experiences
The integrated laboratory manual appears at the end of each chapter with references to simulations on the text's Online Learning Center. The soft-cover design with perforation allows laboratory manual pages to be completed and turned in to instructors.

Integrated Technology
Technology is integrated throughout the text, with lists of related Websites at the end of each chapter which offer pertinent sources to students. Problems and laboratory experiences are incorporated throughout the text.

Pedagogical Features

In addition to the sample problems, problem sets, laboratory experiences, end-of-chapter key terms lists, and lists of Websites, the book contains other pedagogical features from previous editions. These include key concepts, marginal definitions, sample problems, chapter summaries, introductory and additional problems, references, and appendices.


Online Learning Center
This Website offers resources to students and instructors. It includes downloadable ancillaries, Web links, student quizzing, additional information on topics of interest, and much more.

Resources for the instructor include:
  • Downloadable PowerPoint presentation with annotated lecture notes
  • Online instructor's manual (developed by Darla Smith, University of Texas at El Paso)
  • Test bank, available as Word files and with EZ Test computerized testing software
  • Interactive links
  • Links to professional resources
  • Online laboratory manual with simulations
Resources for the student include:
  • Flashcards of chapter key terms
  • Downloadable PowerPoint presentation
  • Interactive activities
  • Self-grading quizzes
  • Online laboratory manual with simulations
Susan J. Hall
Professor and Chair,
Department of Health, Nutrition, and Exercise Sciences,
College of Health Sciences
University of Delaware

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