The author would like to thank the many people who have contributed to the second edition of this book. I am indebted to many biomechanics colleagues who have shared their expertise with me, given permission to share their work, and contributed so much to students and our profession. I would like to thank Tim Oliver for his expert editing, formatting, design, and art editing of the book, Katherine Hanley-

Knutson for many fine illustrations, and Aaron Johnson of Springer for his vision to make this book happen.

To the ones I truly love—Lois, Josh, and Mandy—thanks for being such great people and for sharing the computer. Finally, I would like to thank God for knitting all of us so "fearfully and wonderfully made."


Kinesiology is the scholarly study of human movement, and biomechanics is one of the many academic subdisciplines of kinesiol-ogy. Biomechanics in kinesiology involves the precise description of human movement and the study of the causes of human movement. The study of biomechanics is relevant to professional practice in many kinesiology professions. The physical educator or coach who is teaching movement technique and the athletic trainer or physical therapist treating an injury use biomechanics to qualitatively analyze movement. The chapters in part I demonstrate the importance of biome-chanics in kinesiology and introduce you to key biomechanical terms and principles that will be developed throughout the text. The lab activities associated with part I relate to finding biomechanical knowledge and identifying biomechanical principles in action.

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Dealing With Back Pain

Dealing With Back Pain

Deal With Your Pain, Lead A Wonderful Life An Live Like A 'Normal' Person. Before I really start telling you anything about me or finding out anything about you, I want you to know that I sympathize with you. Not only is it one of the most painful experiences to have backpain. Not only is it the number one excuse for employees not coming into work. But perhaps just as significantly, it is something that I suffered from for years.

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