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This edition of Study Briefs is an introduction to Kinesiology, a field of scientific study based on muscle testing and the mechanisms of body movements. This academic outline is useful as a beginner’s introduction or an experienced user’s quick refresher. It explains kinesiology and its relationship to differential diagnosis. Quick access to definitions of key terms and explanations of fundamental principles are supported by instructive examples and clarifying visuals. Key components of kinesiology and biomechanics are addressed, including the articular system, the muscular system and the skeletal system. Topics covered include: anatomy of human movement, bone classifications, types of joints, joint structures, types of muscular tissues, factors that affect muscle tension, and posture. Kinesiology in action and everyday life is discussed. An easy-to-follow reference guide to body areas and corresponding muscle groups is categorized into these regions: neck; trunk and abdomen (trunk extension); lower extremities (hip abduction, adduction, extension, external rotation and flexion); knee (extension, flexion, medial rotation, rotation); ankle (dorsiflexion, planar flexion); foot (eversion, inversion); upper extremities; shoulder, shoulder girdle--abduction, adduction, depression, elevation, flexion, rotation; elbow (extension, flexion); forearm (pronation, supination); wrist (extension, flexion, radial deviation, ulnar deviation); and finger and thumb (flexion, extension, adduction, and abduction). Study Briefs are concise and visual academic outlines that help students and professionals master key concepts quickly and accurately. Don’t spend your valuable time researching on multiple websites, paging through books or investigating reference sources. Our experts have done the research for you! Compiled in one convenient guide, you will find up-to-date and reliable sources presented in a visual and easy to follow format for everyday use. Choose from our ever-growing library of need-to-know topics in the following subject categories: Business, Math, Reference, Science, Language, History and Technology!