Biomechanics and Gait Analysis presents a comprehensive book on biomechanics that focuses on gait analysis. It is written primarily for biomedical engineering students, professionals and biomechanists with a strong emphasis on medical devices and assistive technology, but is also of interest to clinicians and physiologists. It allows novice readers to acquire the basics of gait analysis, while also helping expert readers update their knowledge. The book covers the most up-to-date acquisition and computational methods and advances in the field. Key topics include muscle mechanics and modeling, motor control and coordination, and measurements and assessments.
This is the go to resource for an understanding of fundamental concepts and how to collect, analyze and interpret data for research, industry, clinical and sport.
- Details the fundamental issues leading to the biomechanical analyses of gait and posture
- Covers the theoretical basis and practical aspects associated with gait analysis
- Presents methods and tools used in the field, including electromyography, signal processing and spectral analysis, amongst others
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1 Introduction to biomechanics 2 Basic biomechanics 3 Advanced biomechanics 4 Why and how we move: the Stickman story 5 Power spectrum and filtering 6 Revisiting a classic: Muscles, Reflexes, and Locomotion by McMahon 7 The basics of gait analysis 8 Gait variability: a theoretical framework for gait analysis and biomechanics 9 Coordination and control: a dynamical systems approach to the analysis of human gait 10 A tutorial on fractal analysis of human movements 11 Future directions in biomechanics: 3D printing
Dr. Nick Stergiou is the Chair of the Department of Biomechanics and the Distinguished Community Research Chair in Biomechanics and Professor as well as the Director of the Biomechanics Research Building and the Center for Research in Human Movement Variability at the University of Nebraska at Omaha where his primary appointment is. He is also a Professor of the Department of Environmental, Agricultural, and Occupational Health of the College of Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. His research focuses on understanding variability inherent in human movement. Dr. Stergiou's research spans from infant development to older adult fallers, and has impacted training techniques of surgeons and treatment and rehabilitation techniques of pathologies, such as peripheral arterial disease. He has received more 30 million dollars in personal funding from NIH, NASA, NSF, the NIDRR/US Department of Education, and many other agencies and foundations. He has also several inventions and has procured a private donation of $6 million to build the 23,000 square feet Biomechanics Research Building that has opened in August of 2013. This is the first building dedicated to biomechanics research in the world. It is also the first building on his campus exclusively dedicated to research. He is an international authority in the study of Nonlinear Dynamics and has published more than 200 peer reviewed articles. He has written 2 books already, one for CRC Press.