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Fundamentals of Biomechanics


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Biological/Structural Bases

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 39-39
    2. Duane Knudson
      Pages 41-67
    3. Duane Knudson
      Pages 69-102
  4. Mechanical Bases

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Duane Knudson
      Pages 105-129
    3. Duane Knudson
      Pages 131-165
    4. Duane Knudson
      Pages 167-189
    5. Duane Knudson
      Pages 191-209
  5. Applications of Biomechanics in Qualitative Analysis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 211-211
    2. Duane Knudson
      Pages 213-223
    3. Duane Knudson
      Pages 225-233
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 253-337

About this book


Fundamentals of Biomechanics introduces the exciting world of how human movement is created and how it can be improved. Teachers, coaches and physical therapists all use biomechanics to help people improve movement and decrease the risk of injury. The book presents a comprehensive review of the major concepts of biomechanics and summarizes them in nine principles of biomechanics. Fundamentals of Biomechanics concludes by showing how these principles can be used by movement professionals to improve human movement. Specific case studies are presented in physical education, coaching, strength and conditioning, and sports medicine.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.California State University at ChicoChicoUSA

About the authors

Dr. Duane Knudson is Associate Chair and Associate Professor of biomechanics in the Department of Physical Education and Exercise Science at California State University, Chico. He earned his Ph.D. in biomechanics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has published extensively on the biomechanics of tennis and exercise. Dr. Knudson co-authored the first scholarly book on the qualitative analysis of human movement, and his research and writing have earned him fellow status in the American College of Sports Medicine and the Research Consortium of AAHPERD.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Fundamentals of Biomechanics
  • Authors Duane Knudson
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 2003
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-306-47474-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4757-5300-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4757-5298-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 337
  • Number of Illustrations 111 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Human Physiology
    Biomedicine, general
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


"Fundamentals of Biomechanics is an exceptionally well written and structured introductory text on the biomechanics of movement. It integrates mechanical and biological concepts in a way that enhances understanding of what students often find is a difficult area of study!!! Many students will be stimulated by the book while all will find it easy to read as [Dr. Knudson] has integrated the topics covered into a coherent unit."
(Bruce Elliott, Professor of Biomechanics, The University of Western Australia, Australia)
"Fundamentals of Biomechanics delivers everything it promises, and more. The challenge of teaching and learning biomechanics is understanding the two distinct fields that it comprises - biology and mechanics. In my experience, some students enter biomechanics with aptitude and interest in one of these fields and reluctance to the other. As a leader in biomechanics, Dr. Knudson seems to realize this and does an expert job of teaching these two fields in separate parts of the textbook. The text is clearly written, and includes many helpful illustrations and examples."
(Glenn S. Fleisig, Ph.D., Smith & Nephew Chair of Research, American Sports Medicine Institute, Birmingham, AL)
"Fundamentals of Biomechanics is a wonderful and comprehensive treatment which meets the needs and interest of both students and educators! The text addresses the subject cohesively and solidly in a technical, yet very readable and effective manner... I'll use this text in my own summer course and recommend it to colleagues."
Jani Macari Pallis, Ph.D., International Sports Engineering Association, San Francisco, CA
"Duane Knudsons book, Fundamentals of Biomechanics, is an attempt to bridge the gap between quantitative and qualitative biomechanics. The book is remarkably well written, the structure is well designed and all the examples are carefully selected in order to enhance the understanding of the students. Additionally, the mechanical and biological concepts are exceptionally well integrated. This increases the spectrum of fields of application. The book should be read by students and professionals from all over the world. The reason is that Duane Knudson explains biomechanics for students, coaches, physiotherapists and medical doctors in comprehensive aspects of human movements clearly and simply with a biological and predominantly qualitative approach."
(Dr. Jürgen Krug, Professor of Biomechanics and Training Theory, Institute of Kinesiology, University of Leipzig, Germany)