Human Movement & Biomechanics Books

Kinesiology, Physical Education, Physical & Occupational Therapy, Orthopaedic surgery, Rehabilitation Engineering & Medicine

Introduction to Biomechanics of Human motion Analysis, 3rd Edition
D. Gordon E. Robertson
ISBN 0-9699420-4-7; Paper, 2013.
282 Pages, 153 Figures, 13 Tables, 25 Photographs, 112 Example Problems
$70.00 CAN

This text is designed to bridge the gap between the way mechanics is taught to engineering and physics students and those in kinesiology, physical education and the rehabilitation sciences. In the past students who wanted to study biomechanics in depth had to study mechanics of gears and levers with engineers or deal with optics, wave motion and electrodynamics with physicists. Here all the mechanics principles are taught with human movement or anatomical examples along with the necessary mathematics and physics. Two dimensional movements are presented along with the mathematical tools applicable to handle three-dimensional movements in future courses. Every chapter has many numerical problems along with answers to the odd-numbered questions.

An introductory (upper high school or undergraduate university) text for kinesiology, physical education, physical and occupational therapy as well as a reference text for orthopaedic surgery, rehabilitation medicine and rehabilitation engineering.


Biomechanics of Human Movement Studies

A.B.C (Anatomy, Biomechanics, Control) of Balance During Standing and Walking
David A. Winter
ISBN 0-9699420-0-1; Paper, 1995
56 Pages, 54 Figures, 2 Tables, 104 References
$20.00 CAN

The fact that humans are bipeds and they locomote over the ground with one foot in contact (walking), no feet in contact (running) or both feet in contact (standing) creates a major challenge to our balance control system. As an inverted pendulum system we have 213 of our body mass located 213 of body height above ground. Our neuromuscular balance control degenerates in the elderly such that the death rate in the 80+ age group due to falls is almost nine times the death rate in the 15-29 year olds due to motor vehicle accidents!

The book gathers together basic inverted pendulum models, their predicted motor control mechanisms and relates them to what has been reported in the literature. The “dynamics” at all levels of challenge are examined, everything from quiet stance through perturbed stance and walking. Although more than 90% of the reported research has concentrated on balance in the sagittal plane this text provides a 3D approach. It will be seen, for example, that MIL balance is totally different than A/P balance. It will also be evident, especially during gait, that there are several inverted pendulums acting and that the body must also simultaneously defend against a vertical collapse.

This book addresses the needs of the following professionals:
I. Rehabilitation personnel in physical therapy, physical medicine, orthopedic surgery, prosthetics and orthotics.
II. Researches in neuromuscular balance control and biomechanics of human movement.


Studies in Kinesiology, Bioengineering, & Neuromuscular Control

The Biomechanics and Motor Control of Human Gait: Normal, Elderly and Pathological, 2nd Edition
David A. Winter
ISBN 0-88898-105-8; paper, 1991
143 Pages, 125 Figures, 50 Tables, 500 References
$42.00 CAN

Gait (walking and running) is the most common of human movements. Although we usually take it for granted it is one of the most complex and totally integrated movements. It has been described and analyzed more than any other total movement, and scores of laboratories are dedicated to the assessment of gait, both normal and pathological.
This book is intended to be a resource of normative data for both young adults and the fit and healthy elderly, and how to interpret and integrate those variables, especially as they relate to motor control. Special attention is focused on the balance and support tasks in gait and on the integrated assessment of pathological gait. Coverage is also given to measurement techniques, their advantages and disadvantages and even some erroneous techniques that hinder valid interpretation.

The 8 Chapters contain bibliographies totaling more than 500 research reports.
Terminology, conventions and standards vary widely from lab to lab. This publication attempts to resolve the problem by providing a comprehensive list of terms whose definitions have been agreed upon by an ad hoc committee of the International Society of Biomechanics.

This book addresses the needs of the following professionals:
I. Rehabilitation personnel in rehabilitation engineering, physical medicine, clinical kinesiology, physiotherapy, orthopaedic surgery, sports medicine, prosthetics and orthotics.
II. Researchers in basic human movement: kinesiology, biomechanics, bioengineering, and neuromuscular control.
III. Physical education researchers and teachers.


Rehabilitation Engineering, Physical Medicine, Physiotherapy, Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine, Prosthetics & Orthotics

Signal Processing and Linear Systems for the Movement Sciences
David A. Winter, AAftab E. Patla
ISBN 0-9699420-1-X; Paper, 1997
110 Pages, 94 Figures, 3 Tables
$28.00 CAN

In the area of human movement science researchers and clinicians are faced with a multitude of decisions regarding the purchase of equipment, collection and processing of data and the interpretation of the final results. Virtually all the data are sampled over time and represent a signal. As such there are a number of powerful signal processing and linear modeling techniques that can assist researchers: first and second order linear mechanical models, sampling, filtering, auto and cross correlation analyses, fourier analysis, feedback control systems.

This text recognizes that the wide range of topics required to understand these techniques are normally covered in half a dozen engineering texts. Because of this we have consolidated this primary information under one cover. Those without the necessary mathematical background can get up to speed by studying or reviewing the four appendices at the rear of the book: complex variables, exponential functions, Laplace transforms, Z transform.
This material has been tested on Kinesiology graduate students for the past 12 years with very successful results.

All researchers and graduate students in the movement sciences.

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