Neuromechanics of Human Movement, Fifth Edition, draws on the disciplines of neurophysiology and physics to explore how the nervous system controls the actions of muscles to produce human motion. This contemporary approach is much different from the traditional approach, which focuses solely on mechanics and does not consider the role of the sensorimotor system in the control of human movement. Authored by Roger Enoka, a widely recognized and esteemed scholar in neuromechanics, this influential text is an essential resource in biomechanics, motor learning, and applied physiology, making complex information accessible to students.
With material based on updated research in the field, this fifth edition provides a scientific foundation to the study of human movement, and as such it uses precise terms and definitions when discussing ideas. An appendix showcases both the base and derived units of the metric system as well as other learning tools, including a glossary of terms and a comprehensive list of the equations presented throughout the text. The text includes 70 practical learning examples, giving students the opportunity to work through a variety of problems and explore current research and applications. Content is visually reinforced with 341 figures, including specific illustrations of the neuromechanics involved in sport and rehabilitation movements. References have been streamlined and moved to the end of each chapter to improve readability. And instructors will benefit from an image bank that includes most of the figures and tables from the text to use in course materials.
Part I. The Force–Motion Relationship
Chapter 1. Describing Motion
Up and Down
Scalars and Vectors
Linear and Angular Motion
Curve Fitting and Smoothing
Chapter 2. Movement Forces
Laws of Motion
Describing Forces in Human Movement
Forces Due to Body Mass
Forces Due to the Surroundings
Chapter 3. Movement Analysis
Chapter 4. Running, Jumping, and Throwing
Walking and Running
Throwing and Kicking
Part II. The Motor System
Chapter 5. Excitable Membranes
Essentials of Electricity
Resting Membrane Potential
Chapter 6. Muscle and Motor Units
Chapter 7. Neural Control of Movement
Part III. Adaptability of the Motor System
Chapter 8. Acute Adjustments
Muscle Soreness and Damage
Chapter 9. Chronic Adaptations
Adaptations to Reduced Use
Motor Recovery After Nervous System Injury
Adaptations With Age
Roger M. Enoka is professor in the department of integrative physiology at the University of Colorado Boulder and a professor in the departments of medicine (geriatrics) and neurology at the University of Colorado Denver. He is also the director of the Neurophysiology of Movement Lab. Previously he was a biomechanist in the department of biomedical engineering at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and a professor in the department of physiology at the University of Arizona.
For more than 30 years, Enoka has focused his research and teaching on the combination of biomechanics and neurophysiology of movement. Internationally known for his achievements as a teacher and researcher, Enoka is the author of approximately 350 journal articles, books, chapters, reviews, and abstracts, including the frequently cited article “Neurobiology of Muscle Fatigue” published in the Journal of Applied Physiology. He is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, American Physiological Society, International Society of Biomechanics, and Society for Neuroscience. He is also a past president and current member of the American Society of Biomechanics.