For kinesiology professionals, qualitative movement diagnosis (QMD) is a critical skill in helping individuals improve performance or reduce the risk of injury. Qualitative Diagnosis of Human Movement: Improving Performance in Sport and Exercise, Third Edition With Web Resource, focuses on the processes behind movement observation, assessment, and diagnosis, emphasizing how to recognize and correct errors in human movement. This unique text teaches anyone working in human movement–related professions how to integrate and apply knowledge from the fields of kinesiology, allied health, and engineering to help clients, patients, or athletes improve their movement performance or move with a lower risk of injury.
Well received by scholars worldwide, the previous editions, formerly titled Qualitative Analysis of Human Movement, broke new ground as the first texts devoted to QMD. The third edition continues building on that foundation with a new title, Qualitative Diagnosis of Human Movement, to better reflect the diagnostic and corrective aspects of this critical skill. Following are other improvements to this edition:
A web resource replaces the CD-ROM from the previous edition and contains more than 70 all-new video clips and follow-up questions to provide real-life examples to practice movement diagnosis.
Expanded coverage of the use of video and computer technology shows readers how to use modern tools to aid in observation and evaluation of movement.
An additional 80 new sources of research relevant to QMD illustrate the extent to which this area of study has taken hold in the kinesiology field.
Part I. An Integrated Approach to Qualitative Movement Diagnosis
Chapter 1. Interdisciplinary Nature of Qualitative Movement Diagnosis
QMD in Kinesiology
Interdisciplinary Nature of QMD
Integrated Model of QMD
Chapter 2. Models in Qualitative Movement Diagnosis
Classifying Models of QMD
Overview of History and Models of QMD
Validity and Reliability of QMD
Chapter 3. Role of the Senses and Perception in Qualitative Movement Diagnosis
Theoretical Background for Senses and Perception in QMD
Using Senses to Understand Movement
Integration of Senses
Knowledge and Perception
Part II. Four Tasks in the Diagnosis and Improvement of Human Movement
Chapter 4. Preparation: Gathering Relevant Knowledge
Knowledge of Activity
Knowledge of Performers
Knowledge of Effective Instruction
Preparing for the Next Task
Chapter 5. Observation: Developing a Systematic Observational Strategy
Proposals for Observational Strategies
Key Elements in a Systematic Observational Strategy
Integrated Use of All Senses
Chapter 6. Evaluation and Diagnosis: Professional Critical Thinking
Chapter 7. Intervention: Strategies for Improving Performance
Beyond Traditional Feedback
Part III. Practical Applications of Human Movement Diagnosis
Chapter 8. Video Replay Within Qualitative Movement Diagnosis
Introduction to Video Replay in Kinesiology
Making Video Recordings for QMD
Video and Computers in QMD
Chapter 9. Tutorials in Qualitative Movement Diagnosis
QMD of Catching
QMD of the Soccer Instep Kick
QMD of Overarm Throwing
QMD of the Disk (Frisbee) Throw or Toss
QMD of the Squat Exercise
Chapter 10. Theory-Into-Practice Situations
“Cleared to Play”
Theory-Into-Practice Situations for QMD
Duane V. Knudson, PhD, is a professor and chair of the department of health and human performance at Texas State University in San Marcos. He earned his PhD in biomechanics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and has held tenured faculty positions at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and California State University at Chico. Previously he served as associate dean and interim chair of the department of kinesiology at Chico State.
Knudson’s research in qualitative movement diagnosis (QMD) has garnered him an international reputation as an expert on the topic. He coauthored the first text on QMD, Qualitative Analysis of Human Movement, which has been translated into five languages. In addition to research on QMD, Knudson researches the biomechanics of tennis and stretching and the teaching and learning of biomechanical concepts.
Knudson has authored 3 books, 11 book chapters, and 24 refereed articles in scientific proceedings. He has received numerous grants for his work and has published over 70 peer-reviewed articles in journals, including the Journal of Applied Biomechanics, International Journal of Sport Biomechanics, Sports Biomechanics, International Journal of Sports Medicine, Sports Medicine, British Journal of Sports Medicine, Journal of Sports Sciences, Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, European Journal of Applied Physiology, Sports Engineering, Gait & Posture, Research Quarterly for Exercise in Sport, and Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.
An elected fellow of three scholarly societies, Knudson served on the editorial board of five journals and was the 2011 recipient of the Ruth B. Glassow Honor Award from the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE). He has also served as vice president of publications for the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports (ISBS). He is also a member of the American Society of Biomechanics, American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD).