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The first edition of Kreighbaum and Barthels "Biomechanics "was the first book in this field to approach human movement qualitatively rather than quantitatively--focusing on generalizable concepts that can be used by an instructor, coach, or exercise specialist to analyze several different sports activities with a common overall performance objective. The fourth edition retains this qualitative approach and expands it to include an even broader perspective for movement professionals in general.
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1. The Study and Analysis of Human Movement. Concept Module A: The Skeletal System and its Articulations.Concept Module B: The Body's Link System and its Movements.2. Neuromuscular Aspects of Movement. Concept Module C: Visualizing Forces.Concept Module D: Forces and Movement.Concept Module E: Torque and Rotation.3. Body Balance and Stability Control. 4. Biomechanics of the Musculoskeletal System. 5. Biomechanical Relationships in the Upper Extremity. 6. Biomechanical Relationships in the Lower Extremity. 7. Biomechanical Relationships in the Trunk. 8. Application of Biomechanics to Fitness Activities. Concept Module F: Force and Motion Relationships.Concept Module G: Linear Momentum and Kinetic Energy.9. Observing and Analyzing Performance. Concept Module H: Torque and Motion Relationships.Concept Module I: Angular Momentum.Concept Module J: Throwlike and Pushlike Movement Patterns.10. Performance Analysis of Pushlike Movements. 11. Performance Analysis of Throwlike Movements. 12. Analysis of Projectile-Related Activities. Concept Module K: Fluid Forces.13. Application of Aerodynamics in Sport. 14. Application of Hydrodynamics in Swimming. 15. Analysis of Activities in which the Body Rotates Free of Support. 16. Analysis of Activities in which the Body Rotates While Supported. 17. Introduction to Biomechanics Instrumentation. Glossary. Appendix I: Metric and British Units and Conversions. Appendix II: Lists of Symbols and Equations. Appendix III: Anthropometric Parameters. Appendix IV: Methods of Calculating the Center of Gravity. Appendix V: Mathematics Review and Trigonometry. Appendix VI: Muscles and Movement. Index.

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