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Biomechanics of Musculoskeletal Injury

ISBN - 9780736054423
Autor(es) - William C. Whiting, Ronald F. Zernicke
Editora - Human Kinetics
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2ª Edição

Ano de Edição: 2008


Biomechanics of Musculoskeletal Injury, Second Edition, presents clear, accessible explanations of the biomechanical principles of injury and how injuries affect the normal function of muscles, connective tissue, and joints. Noted biomechanists William Whiting and Ronald Zernicke guide readers through the mechanical concepts of musculoskeletal injuries without heavy emphasis on mathematics.

Almost 10 years after the publication of the first edition, this much-needed second edition has been vastly improved. Packed with more than 400 illustrations, including graphs and anatomical art (nearly twice as many as in the previous edition), Biomechanics of Musculoskeletal Injury, Second Edition, is an indispensable reference offering perspectives on and appreciation for the intricacies of injury mechanisms. The text provides a solid foundation for in-depth study with a comprehensive examination of these issues:

  • The mechanical aspects of injury and the concept of injury as a stimulus for beneficial tissue adaptations
  • How injury affects the normal function of the human musculoskeletal system and an examination of arthrology, or joint mechanics
  • Mechanical parameters such as force, stress and strain, stiffness, and elasticity and their application to tissue mechanics and injury
  • How connective tissues respond to mechanical loading and how those tissues are studied to quantify their mechanical behavior
  • Factors such as age, gender, nutrition, and exercise with emphasis on how lifestyle choices might lessen the chance or severity of injury
  • How the principles of mechanical load and overload, use and overuse, level and progression of injury, and the many contributory factors involved in injury combine to form a backdrop for viewing specific musculoskeletal injuries

    • Drawing on the information provided in previous chapters, the final section of the text covers the essentials of injuries of the lower extremity, upper extremity, and the head, neck, and trunk. New to the second edition, special sections titled A Closer Look present a detailed analysis of anterior cruciate ligament injuries, rotator cuff pathologies, and concussion. In addition, topics of current concern such as falls in older populations, throwing-related rotator cuff pathologies, and youth-related injuries from carrying backpacks are also discussed.

      This new edition also employs updated design features to reinforce learning, including the addition of a second color to highlight new sections and special elements. The running glossary provides immediate access to definitions, thereby increasing reading comprehension. The improved index offers a quick-search feature for glossary word definitions, and expanded references provide direction for further study. Additionally, essay questions included at the end of each chapter help readers create logical flows of information pertinent to chapter contents. For instructors, an online instructor guide offers outlines of the topics that students should address to answer the chapter review questions. Also available to instructors is an online presentation package featuring the graphics from the text to be incorporated easily into lecture presentations.

      Table of Contents

      Chapter 1. Overview and Perspectives on Injury
      • Definition of Injury
      • Perspectives on Injury
      • Chapter Review
        • Chapter 2. Classification, Structure, and Function of Biological Tissues
          • Embryology
          • Tissue Types
          • Arthrology
          • Chapter Review
            • Chapter 3. Biomechanics
              • Kinematics
              • Kinetics
              • Fluid Mechanics
              • Joint Mechanics
              • Material Mechanics
              • Biomechanical Modeling and Simulation
              • Chapter Review
                • Chapter 4. Tissue Biomechanics and Adaptation
                  • Biomechanics of Bone
                  • Adaptation of Bone
                  • Biomechanics and Adaptation of Other Connective Tissues
                  • Biomechanics of Skeletal Muscle
                  • Adaptation of Skeletal Muscle
                  • Chapter Review
                    • Chapter 5. Concepts of Injury and Healing
                      • An Overview of Injury Mechanisms
                      • Principles of Injury
                      • Inflammation and Entrapment Conditions
                      • Injury in Bone
                      • Injury in Other Connective Tissues
                      • Injury in Joints
                      • Chapter Review
                        • Chapter 6. Lower-Extremity Injuries
                          • Hip Injuries
                          • Thigh Injuries
                          • Knee Injuries
                          • Lower-Leg Injuries
                          • Ankle and Foot Injuries
                          • Chapter Review
                            • Chapter 7. Upper-Extremity Injuries
                              • Shoulder Injuries
                              • Upper-Arm Injuries
                              • Elbow Injuries
                              • Forearm Injuries
                              • Wrist and Hand Injuries
                              • Chapter Review
                                • Chapter 8. Head, Neck, and Trunk Injuries
                                  • Head Injuries
                                  • Neck Injuries
                                  • Trunk Injuries
                                  • Concluding Thoughts
                                  • Chapter review
                                  • Audiences

                                    • A text for upper-undergraduate courses in exercise science, kinesiology, human movement studies, physical education, biomechanics, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and athletic training. A reference for professionals and researchers in these fields.
                                      Supplementary Instructional Materials
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                                      Instructor guide. Contains response outlines for the chapter review questions presented at the end of each chapter in the text. The answer outlines provide a guide for content characteristic of a comprehensive response. Actual responses may adequately address a question without containing all elements in the answer outline, or they may include additional information that is not in the outline. The questions encourage students to synthesize and integrate information from the text as well as other outside sources.

                                      Presentation package. Includes approximately 200 PowerPoint slides containing art and photos from the text that instructors can use for class discussion and illustration. The slides can be used directly within PowerPoint, or they can be printed to make transparencies or handouts for distribution to students. Instructors can easily add, modify, and rearrange the order of the slides as well as search for images based on key words.