Classics in Movement Science

Classics in Movement Science

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This volume presents, under one cover, a selection of 13 classical papers representing the thinking of famous scientists of the past who worked in areas now associated with biomechanics, neurophysiology of movement and motor control. Each paper is accompanied by an analysis by a contemporary authority in movement science and hence reflects a subjective viewpoint of the commentator. Bringing together a variety of old and new perspectives, the volume seeks to provide readers with an understanding of the influential scientist as well as his or her contemporary counterpart. The work begins with a provocative introductory chapter on the beginnings of movement science, which sets the stage for the rest of the book.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 464 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 31.5mm | 839g
  • Champaign, United States
  • English
  • 89 black & white illustrations, 45 black & white halftones
  • 0736000283
  • 9780736000284
  • 2,684,695

Table of contents

Making things happen - an introduction to the history of movement science, Onno G. Meijer; how Bernstein conquered movement, R. Bongaardt; human gait and joint mechanics - is the pendulum swinging back to passive dynamics? Brian L. Davis, Maunak V. Rana and Ari Levine; involuntary muscle contractions detected by electromyography (EMG), Joel A. Vilensky and Sid Gilman; mechanical work in human movement, Vladimir M. Zatsiorsky; contributions of Ragnar Granit to the understanding of spiral mechanics of motor co-ordination, T. Richard Nichols; Helmholtz - founder of the action-perception theory, C.C.A.M. Gielen; A.V. Hill and first estimates of maximum muscle performance in humans, B.I. Prilutsky; first studies of the organization of the human motor cortex, John Rothwell; the action of two-joint muscles - the legacy of W.P. Lombard, Arthur D. Kuo; Sir Charles S. Sherrington - humanist, mentor, and movement neuroscientist, Douglas G. Stuart, Patricia A. Pierce, et al; Kurt Wachholder - pioneering electrophysiological studies of voluntary movements, Dagmar Sternad; Woodworth (1899) -movement variability and theories of motor control, Karl M. Newell and David E. Vaillancourt.
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About Mark L. Latash

Mark L. Latash, PhD, is a professor of kinesiology at Penn State University. Since the 1970s he has worked extensively in the areas of normal and disordered motor control. He is the author of Neurophysiological Basis of Movement and Control of Human Movement and the editor of Progress in Motor Control, volume 1, and the journal Motor Control. He also translated Bernstein's classic On Dexterity and Its Development in 1996. He has written more than 100 papers published in refereed journals.

Dr. Latash was an assistant professor and associate professor in the department of physiology and the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Rush Medical College in Chicago, Illinois.

He earned a master's degree in physics of living systems from the Moscow Physico-Technical Institute in 1976 and a PhD in physiology from Rush University in 1989. He is a member of the Society for Neuroscience and the American Society of Biomechanics.

Vladimir M. Zatsiorsky, PhD, is an expert in the biomechanics of human motion. He has been a professor in the department of kinesiology at Penn State University since 1991 and is the director of the university's biomechanics laboratory. Before to coming to North America in 1990, Dr. Zatsiorsky served 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 Sport (the society's highest honor).

Dr. Zatsiorsky has authored or co-authored more than 250 scientific papers. He has also authored or co-authored 11 books on various aspects of biomechanics that have been published in English, Russian, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Polish, Romanian, Czech, Serbo-Croation, and Bulgarian. His latest books are Science and Practice of Strength Training (1995), Kinematics of Human Motion (1997), and Biomechanics in Sport (2000, editor).
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