Chapter 2: Anatomy Basics

Chapter Objectives

After this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Use planes and axis to describe motion in three dimensions
  • Define and identify the different body movements
  • Describe the functions of the skeletal system and define its two major subdivisions
  • Discuss both functional and structural classifications for body joints
  • Describe the characteristic features for fibrous, cartilaginous, and synovial joints and give examples of each
  • Discuss the structure of specific body joints and the movements allowed by each
  • Explain the criteria used to name skeletal muscles

This section provides you with an overview of the ‘bio’ in biomechanics. In order to properly communicate, biomechanists need a good understanding of human anatomy and related anatomical terms. You will quickly come to understand that structure dictates functions.


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