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Structure and Function of the Musculoskeletal System - 2E

Structure and Function of the Musculoskeletal System - 2E

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    Written by James Watkins, an authority on functional anatomy, Structure and Function of the Musculoskeletal System, Second Edition, integrates anatomy and biomechanics to describe the intimate relationship between the structure and function of the musculoskeletal system. This unique reference thoroughly explores the biomechanical characteristics of musculoskeletal components and the response and adaptation of these components to the physical stress imposed by everyday activities. Following a systematic approach, Structure and Function of the Musculoskeletal System describes

    -the basic composition and function of the musculoskeletal system;

    -mechanical concepts and principles that underlie human movement;

    -functional anatomy of the skeletal, connective tissue, articular, and neuromuscular systems;

    -mechanical characteristics of musculoskeletal components;

    -structural adaptation of musculoskeletal components; and

    -the etiology of musculoskeletal disorders and injuries.

    Also available as an e-book, the second edition of Structure and Function of the Musculoskeletal System features nearly 700 detailed, full-color illustrations showing key structures and biomechanical properties of the musculoskeletal system. Elementary biomechanical concepts are incorporated throughout the text, offering readers a more integrated understanding of how forces are created and relayed by the components of the musculoskeletal system.

    The second edition of Structure and Function of the Musculoskeletal System also includes new information on the effects of aging on muscle function as well as a new appendix with illustrations of each muscle group and tables detailing the origin, insertion, and action of individual muscles. In addition, several new case studies illustrate the response and adaptation of the musculoskeletal system to exercise at various ages and in various situations. These case studies present current research and how the findings can be put to practical use in physical activity, competitive sport, rehabilitation, and activities of daily living.

    Students new to anatomy or biomechanics will benefit from the book's reader-friendly structure featuring applied examples, summaries, review questions, references, an extensive subject index, and a glossary that runs parallel to the text. Learning objectives at the beginning of each chapter identify the key topics, and interesting facts and key points are set off within highlight boxes throughout the text. Highlighted introductory figures assist readers in understanding content as they refer to a sequence of subsequent figures while reading the text. Plus, nearly all the images from the text are included in an image bank that is free to instructors who adopt the text.

    Structure and Function of the Musculoskeletal System, Second Edition, offers readers a clear conception of how the components of the musculoskeletal system coordinate to produce movement and continuously adapt their structure to the strain of everyday physical activity as well as the effects of aging. Illustrated with full-color detail, this unique resource will assist both future and current professionals in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders by enhancing their understanding of the relationship between the structure and function of the musculoskeletal system.


    An undergraduate-level text for students in sport and exercise science, kinesiology, exercise physiology, biomechanics, or physiotherapy programs; also a reference for graduate students and professionals in the exercise science fields.

    Table of Contents

    Part I. Functional Anatomy of the Musculoskeletal System

    Chapter 1. The Musculoskeletal System
    Unicellular and Multicellular Organisms
    Cellular Organization in Multicellular Organisms
    Composition and Function of the Musculoskeletal System Summary
    Review Questions

    Chapter 2. The Skeleton
    Axial Skeleton
    Appendicular Skeleton
    Review Questions

    Chapter 3. Connective Tissues
    Functions of Connective Tissues
    Ordinary Connective Tissues
    Review Questions

    Chapter 4. The Articular System
    Structural Classification of Joints
    Joint Movements
    Stability-Flexibility Classification of Joints
    Synovial Joint Classification
    Flexibility, Stability, and Laxity in Synovial Joints
    Review Questions

    Chapter 5. Joints of the Axial Skeleton
    Joints Between the Vertebrae
    Degeneration and Damage in the Vertebral Column
    Normal Shape of the Vertebral Column
    Abnormal Curvature of the Vertebral Column
    Joints of the Pelvis
    Review Questions

    Chapter 6. Joints of the Appendicular Skeleton
    Joints and Joint Complexes
    Shoulder Complex
    Elbow Complex
    Wrist Complex
    Hip Joint
    Knee Complex
    Rearfoot Complex
    Review Questions

    Chapter 7. The Neuromuscular System
    Nervous System
    Skeletal Muscle Structure
    Muscle Fiber Structure and Function
    Kinesthetic Sense and Proprioception
    Mechanical Characteristics of Musculotendinous Units
    Muscle Architecture and Function
    Stretch-Shorten Cycle
    Review Questions

    Part II. Musculoskeletal Response and Adaptation to Loading

    Chapter 8. Elementary Biomechanics
    Mechanics and Biomechanics
    Center of Gravity
    Center of Pressure
    Vector and Scalar Quantities
    Moment of a Force
    Review Questions

    Chapter 9. Forces in Muscles and Joints
    Selective Recruitment of Motor Units to Match Functional Requirements
    Forces Acting on the Head in Upright Postures
    Moment of External Forces Versus the Magnitude of Internal Forces
    Forces About the Hip Joint in One-Leg Stance
    Effect of Squat and Stoop Postures on Forces in the Lumbar Region
    Swing and Stabilization Components of Muscle Force
    Review Questions

    Chapter 10. Mechanical Characteristics of Musculoskeletal Components
    Stress - Strain Relationships in Solids
    Work, Strain Energy, and Kinetic Energy
    Viscosity and Viscoelasticity
    Active and Passive Loading
    Impact and Shock
    Review Questions

    Chapter 11. Structural Adaptation of the Musculoskeletal System
    Biopositive and Bionegative Effects of Loading
    Response and Adaptation of Musculoskeletal Components to Loading
    Review Questions

    Chapter 12. Etiology of Musculoskeletal Disorders and Injuries
    Kinetic Chain
    Compensatory Movements
    Risk Factors for Musculoskeletal Disorders

    Review Questions

    About the Author

    James Watkins, PhD, is a professor of biomechanics in the School of Human Sciences and director of the Sport and Exercise Science Research Centre at the Swansea University in Wales. Watkins spent over 20 years in Glasgow, Scotland, as a lecturer and researcher, and he served as the head of the department of physical education, sport and outdoor education at Jordanhill College and later at the University of Strathclyde, both in Glasgow.

    Watkins' main teaching and research specializations are musculoskeletal anatomy and the biomechanics of sport and exercise. He has authored over 80 publications, including three well-known textbooks (An Introduction to the Mechanics of Human Movement, 1983; this text, Structure and Function of the Musculoskeletal System; and An Introduction to Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise, 2007).

    Watkins is a fellow of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), a fellow of the Physical Education Association of the United Kingdom (PEAUK), and an honorary member of the Association for Physical Education (afPE). He is an advisory board member of the Journal of Sports Sciences and a former chair of the Biomechanics Section of BASES.

    In 1975 Watkins received his PhD in biomechanics from the University of Leeds in England. He resides in Swansea, where he enjoys walking, playing golf, and reading about the history of science.


    All ancillaries are free to adopting instructors and available online.

    Image bank. Features most of the nearly 700 illustrations from the text, sorted by chapter. The images can be used for developing a customized presentation based on specific course requirements. A blank PowerPoint template is also provided, along with easy-to-follow instructions for quickly creating a presentation.