Meaningful Motion

Biomechanics for Occupational Therapists


  • Sandi Spaulding, Associate Professor, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada

Meaningful Motion covers biomechanical and motor control principles and provides examples that address combining the principles of kinesiology with clinical occupational therapy practice. The text also has case studies and laboratory exercises specifically designed for occupational therapy students. The focus is on the concepts of kinesiology and excludes some of the mathematics that is used by biomechanists.
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Undergraduate occupational therapy students.


Book information

  • Published: August 2005
  • ISBN: 978-0-443-07439-4

Table of Contents

Foreword by W. James Weese
1. Introduction
2. Occupational Therapy and Kinematics: How to Describe Occupations through Movement
3. Kinetics: the Implications of Adding Force during Occupations
4. Occupational Therapy and Mechanical Principles
5. Motor Control and Motor Learning: Applications to Acquiring Skills for Occupational Performance
6. Balance: Adequate Balance is the Basis for Occupation
7. Environmental Demands on Occupations
8. Ergonomics: The study of Work Occupations
9. Leisure for People with Disabilities