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Handbook of Human Motion

  • Current reference material on human motion analysis

  • Opens knowledge transfer among all disciplines relevant to human motion

  • With the linking of different areas of application to a new variety of solutions

  • Includes supplementary material:

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Table of contents (126 entries)

  1. Extended Modeling Techniques

    1. Optimal Control Modeling of Human Movement

      • Brian R. Umberger, Ross H. Miller
      Pages 327-348
    2. Time Series Analysis in Biomechanics

      • W. Brent Edwards, Timothy R. Derrick, Joseph Hamill
      Pages 349-371
    3. Hill-Based Muscle Modeling

      • Ross H. Miller
      Pages 373-394
    4. Simulation of Soft Tissue Loading from Observed Movement Dynamics

      • Scott C. E. Brandon, Colin R. Smith, Darryl G. Thelen
      Pages 395-428
  2. Dynamic Electromyography

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 449-449
    2. Surface Electromyography to Study Muscle Coordination

      • François Hug, Kylie Tucker
      Pages 451-470
  3. Gait Assessment in Clinical Context

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 471-471
    2. The Conventional Gait Model - Success and Limitations

      • Richard Baker, Fabien Leboeuf, Julie Reay, Morgan Sangeux
      Pages 489-508
    3. Next-Generation Models Using Optimized Joint Center Location

      • Ayman Assi, Wafa Skalli, Ismat Ghanem
      Pages 527-546
    4. Kinematic Foot Models for Instrumented Gait Analysis

      • Alberto Leardini, Paolo Caravaggi
      Pages 547-570
    5. Trunk and Spine Models for Instrumented Gait Analysis

      • Robert Needham, Aoife Healy, Nachiappan Chockalingam
      Pages 571-582
    6. Upper Extremity Models for Clinical Movement Analysis

      • Andrea Giovanni Cutti, Ilaria Parel, Andrea Kotanxis
      Pages 583-606
  4. Interpreting Kinetics and EMG in Gait

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 607-607
    2. Interpreting Ground Reaction Forces in Gait

      • Nachiappan Chockalingam, Aoife Healy, Robert Needham
      Pages 609-623
    3. Interpreting Joint Moments and Powers in Gait

      • L. H. Sloot, M. M. van der Krogt
      Pages 625-643
    4. EMG Activity in Gait: The Influence of Motor Disorders

      • Dimitrios A. Patikas
      Pages 645-670

About this book

The Handbook of Human Motion is a large cross-disciplinary reference work which covers the many interlinked facets of the science and technology of human motion and its measurement.  Individual chapters cover fundamental principles and technological developments, the state-of-the-art and consider applications across four broad and interconnected fields; medicine, sport, forensics and animation.  The huge strides in technological advancement made over the past century make it possible to measure motion with unprecedented precision, but also lead to new challenges. This work introduces the many different approaches and systems used in motion capture, including IR and ultrasound, mechanical systems and video, plus some emerging techniques.  

The large variety of techniques used for the study of motion science in medicine can make analysis a complicated process, but extremely effective for the treatment of the patient when well utilised. The handbook descri

bes how motion capture techniques are applied in medicine, and shows how the resulting analysis can help in diagnosis and treatment.  A closely related field, sports science involves a combination of in-depth medical knowledge and detailed understanding of performance and training techniques, and motion capture can play an extremely important role in linking these disciplines.  The handbook considers which technologies are most appropriate in specific circumstances, how they are applied and how this can help prevent injury and improve sporting performance.

The application of motion capture in forensic science and security is reviewed, with chapters dedicated to specific areas including employment law, injury analysis, criminal activity and motion/facial recognition.  And in the final area of application, the book describes how novel motion capture techniques have been designed specifically to aid the creation of increasingly realistic animation within films and v

ideo games, with Lord of the Rings and Avatar just two examples.  Chapters will provide an overview of the bespoke motion capture techniques developed for animation, how these have influenced advances in film and game design, and the links to behavioural studies, both in humans and in robotics.   

Comprising a cross-referenced compendium of different techniques and applications across a broad field, the Handbook of Human Motion provides the reader with a detailed reference and simultaneously a source of inspiration for future work.  The book will be of use to students, researchers, engineers and others working in any field relevant to human motion capture.


  • Animation Motion Techniques
  • Clinical Motion Capture
  • Human Motion Analysis
  • Human Motion Capture
  • Human Movement Analysis
  • Injury Rehabilitation
  • Medical Applications in Human Motion
  • Motion Analysis Handbook
  • Motion Analysis Reference Work
  • Motion Analysis Technology
  • Motion Pattern Analysis
  • Motion Science
  • Sports Performance
  • Sports Science Handbook

Editors and Affiliations

  • Motion & More, Barcelona, Spain

    Bertram Müller

  • Clinic for Orthopedics and Trauma Surgery Center for Orthopedics, Trauma Surgery and Spinal Cord Injury, Heidelberg University Hospital, Heidelberg, Germany

    Sebastian I. Wolf

About the editors

With a strong interest in bridging Engineering and Medicine, and following the completion of two degrees in Precision Mechanics and Electronics from the Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg (and a third in General Engineering), Bertram Mueller attended the Bioengineering Unit at the University of Strathclyde in 1995 in order to acquire more knowledge about Life Sciences.

In 2000, he moved to Barcelona, where he managed a clinical biomechanics laboratory until 2012. He now works as a consultant and clinical scientist in applied biomechanics, covering both clinical and sports as well as legal aspects of the field, including a strong focus on functional capacity evaluation. As an Associate Professor, he is currently teaching Physics, Biomechanics and Clinical Motion Analysis at the University of Girona, the University of Barcelona, the Olympic Sports Centre in St. Cugat and the National Institute of Physical Education. Besides being a reviewer for several journals, he is also Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Forensic Biomechanics. 

With a PhD degree in physics, Sebastian I. Wolf spent several years in fundamental research in physics before he moved to the field of human motion analysis in 2001. For ten years he was Technical Director of the Gait Analysis Laboratory of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Heidelberg University. Since 2010 he is Director of the Division Human Movement Analysis and responsible both for the clinical gait analysis service as well as the clinical research in this field. In 2015 he became Associate Professor for Orthopedic Biomechanics in the Medical Faculty of Heidelberg University. In the same year he was elected for president of the European Society for Movement Analysis in Adults and Children (ESMAC).

Sebastian I. Wolf has published more than 80 peer reviewed articles related to clinical movement analysis and is reviewer for numerous journals in this field with continuing scientific interest in advancing knowledge on neurologic and orthopedic gait disorders and mobility related medical healthcare.

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  • ISBN: 978-3-319-14418-4
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Hardcover Book USD 1,799.99
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