The Biomechanics of Human Motion Series offers advanced readers in human
movement science a comprehensive understanding of the biomechanics of
human motion as presented by one of the world’s foremost researchers on
the subject, Dr. Vladimir Zatsiorsky.
The Biomechanics of Human Motion Series offers advanced readers in human movement science a comprehensive understanding of the biomechanics of human motion as presented by one of the world’s foremost researchers on the subject, Dr. Vladimir Zatsiorsky. The series begins with Kinematics of Human Motion, which details human body positioning and movement in three dimensions; continues with Kinetics of Human Motion, which examines the forces that create body motion and their effects; and concludes with Biomechanics of Skeletal Muscles, which explains the action of the biological motors that exert force and produce mechanical work during human movement.
Kinematics of Human Motion begins with careful descriptions of how to study human body position and displacement without regard to time, velocity, or acceleration. It then examines differential kinematics of human motion by “adding” the variables of velocity and acceleration in simple and complex biokinematic chains, and by adding the variable of three-dimensional movement to the study of multilink chains.
Kinetics of Human Motionfocuses on the examination of forces that create entire body motion. By examining the forces that create entire body motion, the text develops the biomechanical knowledge of the reader. The emphasis is clearly on understanding physical concepts, not mathematical formulae, and the text features helpful refreshers of basic mathematical concepts and kinesiology and other movement-related topics to facilitate reader comprehension of the topics presented.
Biomechanics of Skeletal Muscles provides an explanation of whole muscle biomechanics at work in the body in motion. The book first addresses the mechanical behavior of single muscles—from the sarcomere level up to the entire muscle. The architecture of human muscle, the mechanical properties of tendons and passive muscles, the biomechanics of active muscles, and the force transmission and shock absorption aspects of muscle are explored in detail.
A reference for biomechanists, motor development specialists, muscle
physiologists, exercise and sport scientists, ergonomists, biomechanical
and biomedical engineers, and rehabilitation specialists. A text for
graduate-level courses in biomechanics.
Vladimir M. Zatsiorsky, PhD, is a world-renowned expert in the
biomechanics of human motion. He has been a professor in the department
of kinesiology at Pennsylvania State University since 1991 and was a
director of the university's biomechanics laboratory.
Before coming to North America in 1990, Dr. Zatsiorsky served for 18
years as professor and chair of the department of biomechanics at the
Central Institute of Physical Culture in Moscow. He has received several
awards for his achievements, including the Geoffrey Dyson Award from the
International Society of Biomechanics in Sports (the society's highest
honor), Jim Hay’s Memorial Award from the American Society of
Biomechanics, and the USSR's National Gold Medal for the Best Scientific
Research in Sport in 1976 and 1982. For 26 years he served as consultant
to the national Olympic teams of the USSR. He was also the director of
the USSR's All-Union Research Institute of Physical Culture for three
He has authored and coauthored more than 400 scientific papers and 15
books that are published in English, Russian, German, Italian, Spanish,
Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Polish, Bulgarian, Romanian, Czech,
Hungarian, and Serbo-Croatian. Dr. Zatsiorsky has been conferred doctor
honoris causa degrees by the Academy of Physical Education (Poland,
1999) and the Russian State University of Physical Culture and Sport
(2003). Among his books are Kinematics of Human Motion, Biomechanics
in Sport: Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention, Kinetics of
Human Motion, and Science and Practice of Strength Training (coauthor).
He and his wife, Rita, live in State College, Pennsylvania.
Boris I. Prilutsky, PhD, is an associate professor in the School
of Applied Physiology and director of biomechanics and motor control
laboratory at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia.
Before that position, he was a senior research scientist in Georgia
Tech’s Center for Human Movement Studies from 1998 to 2005.
His research interests include muscle biomechanics, neural control of
movements, and motor learning. His research contributed to the
development of methods for quantifying mechanical energy transfer by
two-joint muscles between body segments during locomotion and to the
understanding of muscle coordination during human motion. Prilutsky has
published more than 50 peer-reviewed research articles and five book
chapters, and he is the author of six patents. His research is supported
by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Science
While living in the former Soviet Union, Prilutsky received a BS degree
in physical education from the Central Institute of Physical Culture in
Moscow and a BS degree in applied mathematics and mechanics from the
Moscow Institute of Electronic Engineering. He received his PhD in
biomechanics from the Latvian Research Institute of Traumatology and
Orthopedics in Riga.
From 1978 to 1992, he worked as a research scientist and lecturer in the
department of biomechanics for the Central Institute of Physical Culture
in Moscow. He was also a postdoctoral fellow in the department of
kinesiology at the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada (1992-1995),
and at the department of health and performance sciences at Georgia Tech
Prilutsky is a member of the American Society of Biomechanics and a 1995
recipient of the organization’s Young Scientist Award. He is also a
member of the International Society of Biomechanics, Society for
Neuroscience, and the Neural Control of Movement Society. He serves as a
reviewer for over 30 professional research journals and for the NIH,
NSF, South Carolina Space Grant Consortium, Consiglio Nazionale delle
Ricerche (CNR), and the Austrian Science Fund.
Prilutsky resides in Duluth, Georgia, and enjoys mountain biking,
reading, and traveling in his free time.