This chapter provides a protracted summary of McMahon’s (1984) classic text entitled Muscles, Reflexes, and Locomotion. This text has educated several generations of biomechanists. Thus we contend that revisiting this foundational text will allow the reader of this book to reconnect with the classics and develop a strong historical background of the research performed in biomechanics. It is important that we educate ourselves both in breadth and in depth. The reader will also note that, despite not being updated since the 1980s, the material we summarize broaches a number of topics with strong contemporary appeal, including coordination dynamics and robotics. The scope of McMahon’s book and his clear mastery of deep topics such as mathematics, biology, and the mechanics of animal locomotion are difficult to summarize within the pages of a single chapter. In many instances, we refer the reader to the original text for richer historical context and more in-depth treatments of difficult topics. Although the content of the book is exceptional, many important scientific discoveries have been made in the time since this book was last published. Therefore when possible and space allows, we point the reader to recent discoveries made in the intervening years.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Biomechanics and Gait Analysis|
|Number of pages||76|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2020|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)