Biomechanics of Musculoskeletal Injury

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9780873227797: Biomechanics of Musculoskeletal Injury

In the first book of its kind, noted biomechanists William Whiting and Ronald Zernicke explore the mechanical bases of musculoskeletal injury to better understand causal mechanisms, the effect of injury on musculoskeletal tissues, and how our current knowledge of biomechanics can contribute to injury prevention.

Never before has the broad spectrum of injury mechanics been covered so completely in a single book. From introductory biomechanics to detailed examinations of the mechanical aspects of common injuries, Biomechanics of Musculoskeletal Injury provides a solid foundation for in-depth study. The book includes comprehensive information on
-the basic biomechanical concepts of force, stress and strain, stiffness, and elasticity;

-the mechanics of joints that are subject to disabling injury;

-the structure of connective tissues (bone, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments), which are most often involved in musculoskeletal injuries; and

-factors such as age, gender, nutrition, and exercise, which affect the musculoskeletal system's response to force.
After providing the reader with a fundamental understanding of tissue structure and function, the authors then proceed with detailed explorations of the mechanisms of common injuries, including
-inversion ankle sprains, stress fractures, and other lower-extremity injuries;

-rotator cuff tears, carpal tunnel syndrome, and other injuries to the upper extremities; and

-concussions, intervertebral disc injuries, and other injuries that afflict the head, neck, and trunk.
Packed with more than 300 drawings, photos, and tables, Biomechanics of Musculoskeletal Injury is both visually compelling and indispensable as a reference on injury mechanisms.

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About the Author:

William C. Whiting, PhD, is director of the Biomechanics Laboratory and assistant professor of kinesiology at California State University, Northridge. Dr. Whiting earned his PhD in kinesiology at UCLA. He has taught courses in biomechanics for more than 10 years, and has published 25 articles and 20 research abstracts.

Dr. Whiting currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, and he has served as a reviewer for a number of other scholarly journals. Dr. Whiting is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and a member of the American Society of Biomechanics; the International Society of Biomechanics; the National Strength and Conditioning Association; and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.

Dr. Whiting has coached basketball and volleyball at the interscholastic and intercollegiate levels for 20 years and received a basketball Coach of the Year award in 1992 from the Southern California Community Newspapers. Dr. Whiting enjoys reading, camping, and hiking. He lives in Glendale, California.

Ronald F. Zernicke, PhD, has taught courses in biomechanics and injury mechanisms at the university level for more than 25 years. He is the Wood Professor for Joint Injury Research at the University of Calgary, where he holds appointments in the departments of surgery (division of orthopaedics), mechanical engineering, civil engineering, and kinesiology. He also chairs the Joint Injury and Arthritis Research Group.

Dr. Zernicke has published more than 120 research papers, 145 research abstracts, and one other book. He has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Motor Behavior, The Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews, The Journal of Biomechanics, and the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, a charter member and former president of the International Society of Biomechanics, and a member and former president of the American Society of Biomechanics. Dr. Zernicke is also a member of the Canadian Society of Biomechanics, the Orthopaedic Research Society, and the Society for Neuroscience.

Dr. Zernicke lives in Calgary, Alberta, with his wife, Kathleen, and twins, Kristin and Eric. In his leisure time he enjoys reading, hiking, and cross-country skiing.

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""The style and format of the book is excellent. It is easily read with ample illustrations.""

Don B. Chaffin, PhD
Director, Center for Ergonomics
The University of Michigan


""Finally, an authoritative text that provides a scientific foundation for understanding the mechanisms of musculoskeletal injury. Knowledge of this information is essential for several professional groups, including those interested in the biomedical aspects of injury mechanisms, those concerned with injury prevention, and those involved in facilitating recovery from injury. For individuals with these interests, this text is required reading.""

Roger M. Enoka
Professor
University of Colorado at Boulder


""Injury occurs from mechanical overload of tissue. This simple tenet is often overlooked by those responsible for injury prevention and rehabilitation of those already injured. This fine textbook fills the current need for a resource that synthesizes the links between tissue properties, skeletal architecture, applied loads and injury. While general principles of tissue biomechanics and injury mechanisms are described, special areas of expertise of the authors shine, particularly those of loading and adaption, and injuries specific to areas of the body. The material is well organized into chapters that emphasize ""concluding comments"" and contain functional and usable information for scientific and clinical students alike. Professors Whiting and Zernicke are to be thanked for filling the need and to be congratulated for filling it so well.""

Stuart M. McGill, Ph.D.
Professor of Biomechanics,
University of Waterloo

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