Athletic Ability and the Anatomy of Motion


  • Rolf Wirhed, Fil Lic, Professor, University Lecturer in Biomechanics, Department of Physical Education and Health, Orebro, Sweden

This book serves as a bridge between biomechanics and the practice of sport. By providing a detailed analysis of movement, it helps readers understand the important factors for maximizing performance. Valuable coverage is provided on the general characteristics of bones, joints, and muscles, as well as guidelines for flexibility and strength training that provide a firm theoretical framework for effective training. From this basis, the book explores the anatomy function of different parts of the body and examines the types of movement important in sports activities.
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Book information

  • Published: May 2006
  • Imprint: MOSBY
  • ISBN: 978-0-7234-3386-6

Table of Contents

1. General anatomy of bones, joints and muscles (the skeleton; joints; muscles; flexibility training; strength training)
2.. Basic rules of mechanics
3. Anatomy and function of the leg (the hip; hip muscles; the knee joint; muscles of the knee joint; lower leg and foot)
4. Anatomy and function of the trunk (Spinal column and vertebrae; muscles of the back; abdominal muscles)
5. Anatomy and function of the arm (the shoulder; the upper arm; the elbow; the wrist and lower arm)
6. Sports mechanics (Force; center of gravity; acceleration; impulse and momentum; circular motion; moment of inertia; applications)
7. Hints for stretching
8. Review of relevant muscles