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Biomechanics is a discipline. A discipline deals with understanding, predicting, and explaining phenomena within a content domain, and biomechanics is the study of the human body in motion. Kinesiology, the parent discipline of biomechanics, is a science that investigates movement. Biomechanical research in human development focuses on evaluating essential movement patterns across the human life span. Biomechanical analysis is specifically important in quantifying the developmental motor skills and movement patterns such as walking, kicking, jumping, throwing, and catching. Biomechanical research also involves studying the movement patterns of injured and disabled people. Forensic biomechanists are invited to analyze evidence, clarify some of the most important issues, and facilitate the decisions of the jury. Motion recording devices use optical lenses to capture body motion and provide permanent recorded images of movement that can be evaluated with more precision than perception with the naked eye alone.


This is the accepted manuscript of a chapter published in Introduction to Exercise Science 5th edition, on November 30, 2017 and the final version is available at:

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Introduction to Exercise Science


5th Ed.

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