Written by occupational therapists, KINESIOLOGY: Movement in the Context of Activity is the first comprehensive kinesiology textbook written specifically for occupational therapy (OT) students. It's also the only kinesiology text that presents solutions to biomechanical problems with a shift in emphasis away from mathematics and trigonometry and toward sound logic based on kinesiologic and biomechanical principles. Additionally, it's the only text to offer in-depth coverage of wrist and hand pathokinesiology as well as normal kinesiologic function of the wrist and fingers. Students will rely on this text during their first year coursework and beyond.
* Because it's the only kinesiology/biomechanics text written by occupational therapists for occupational therapy students, examples, case studies and applications throughout the text apply specifically to clinical practice in OT, not other disciplines.
• Helps students link kinesiology to real human experience through clinical vignettes, which feature clients/patients in day-to-day OT practice.
• Includes an introductory chapter that emphasizes the importance of kinesiology/biomechanics to the practice of occupational therapy.
• Covers both the upper and lower extremity.
• Includes "A Closer Look" boxes which set key topics or complicated information apart and provide detailed explanations for better understanding of material.
• Contains a thorough explanation of biomechanical analysis in Chapter 9.
• Includes in-depth coverage of wrist and hand pathokinesiology as well as normal kinesiologic function of the wrist and fingers.
• Features clearly written and easy-to-follow style.
• Contains more than 200 illustrations and photos to facilitate understanding.
• Includes problem-solving application questions at the end of each chapter to challenge the reader to answer questions based on the material learned.
• Chapters contain key terms and outlines of chapter content.
• Includes numerous helpful appendices that provide users with essential information.
This text provides an introduction to functional human anatomy for the occupational therapist. Emphasis is placed on practical application and individual case studies. The authors seek to provide students of occupational therapy a background in kinesiology and biomechanics with specific emphasis on real world applications. Although the immediate focus is on the biomechanics of specific problems, individuals encountering the problems are presented in an holistic light. This attempt to merge the science of human activity with a common sense approach to solving movement problems should help students understand the relevance of kinesiology and biomechanics in their profession. The text is written for occupational therapy students. The authors are certified occupational therapists and experienced teachers and practitioners. This book introduces the science of biomechanics and its applications to the various musculoskeletal regions. It is written at a very basic level and does not require a strong physics background. The "big picture" approach taken by the authors is unique and helpful. Numerous case studies are presented to provide students with actual problems they will encounter in the work place. An emphasis on common sense and pictorial solutions to problems along with a de-emphasis on trigonometry is a positive feature for entry-level students. Extensive appendixes provide a good reference for students, professors, and practitioners. The primary shortcoming of the book is the lack of detail regarding the structures of the musculoskeletal system (origins, insertions, innervations, and palpations). This book is recommended for an introductory course focusing on integrating thesciences of kinesiology and biomechanics with occupational therapy. For the advanced student, other texts such as Gench's Anatomical Kinesiology, 2nd Edition (Eddie Bowers Publishing Company, 1999) and Jenkins' Hollinshead's Functional Anatomy of the Limbs & Back (W. B. Saunders, 1998) provide greater detail and would also serve as a better reference for the practitioner.