- Hardcover: 456 pages
- Publisher: Human Kinetics, Inc.; 3 edition (15 March 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0736079661
- ISBN-13: 978-0736079662
- Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 3.8 x 27.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 1.6 Kg
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise With Web Resource and MaxTRAQ 2D Software Access 3ed Hardcover – 15 Mar 2013
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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.
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Concise introduction to exercise and sport biomechanics
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.
Learn biomechanics with a leading introductory text
Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise, Third Edition With Web Resource and MaxTRAQ Educational 2D Software Access, introduces exercise and sport biomechanics in simple terms, helping students understand forces and their effects before studying how body structures deal with forces.
This updated edition maintains the organization and features that made previous editions user friendly and incorporates new features to facilitate learning:
- Access to MaxTRAQ Educational 2D software allows students to analyze real-world sport movements through video.
- Web resource guides students step by step through the process of solving 18 sample problems.
- 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.
- 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.
Free-body diagram of a pole-vaulter just after takeoff. The reaction forces from the pole create clockwise torques on the vaulter.
In anatomical position, the height of your center of gravity is 55% to 57% of your standing height.
Imagining a bicycle wheel can help you identify the plane and axis of motion.
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As for maxtraq, I thought I would have to buy the software. It is only $20, but I was surprised that the code in the book still worked.
So if you are a 'bio' person,familiar with the names of every bone muscle tendon, etc. in the body and want a primer on the basic laws of mechanics and how these relate to motion of the human body then this is probably an OK book.
If you are a 'mechanics' person, familiar with torque, work, power, energy, etc. and want a primer on the the basic bones/muscles/tendons/ligaments structure and how these relate to human movement then I think this book won't be much help.
I come from an engineering background and am already familiar with Newton's laws of motion, torque, etc. Since I've started doing a bit of track and field coaching I wanted a book which would help me understand the actions of the various muscles etc. in an engineering context. For this purpose the book is more or less useless. I couldn't find a single illustration of the skeleton with the names of the bones, or of the muscles or tendons or ligaments. When the book says things like "Your index finger should be able to feel the tendon of your right biceps brachii, and your thumb should feel the back of your elbow, the olecranon process of your ulna." I have no clue what it's talking about and I couldn't find anything to help me. When I went to the index in the hope of finding an illustration all I found was a reference to "The anatomical insertion of the triceps brachii is always the olecranon process of the ulna...". Need I say more?
I was tempted to rate the book 3 stars but I think the illustrations are too weak. Suppose you are considering the forces involved when you bend your arm. Even if you know your anatomy & physiolgy inside out I think you'd want the illustrations to show the muscles and tendons involved.