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I would like to start this editorial by acknowledging the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Forensic Biomechanics (JFB), namely, the distinguished scientist Dr. Daniel J. Schneck. I was invited by him to serve as the next Editor-in-Chief of JFB about three years ago. Let us first take look what we mean by the terms of “Biomechanics” and “Forensic Biomechanics”. We can define biomechanics as mechanics applied to biology, in particular, to human biology. Considering both mechanics and biology are very broad fields one immediately realizes the very large number of topics which can be studied and investigated. Some of these topics are in their early stages of development. Research areas and topics in biomechanics can be viewed in a wide spectrum ranging from microscopic scale dealing with individual cells to macroscopic scale dealing with large organisms, human body being the center of attraction. Considering the human body is our main interest and concern within this wide spectrum, we can identify four divisions of research. First division deals with the study and determination of the mechanical properties of biological materials starting with individual cell, going through various soቪ and hard tissues and ending up with organs and complex body systems. The second division is concerned with analyses of the human body to physiological forces. division includes topics such as locomotion, respiration, circulation, and microcirculation. Analyses of responses of the human body to replaced parts and assistive devices constitute the third division. Both internal and external prosthetic and orthotic devices and biomechanical compatibility of these devices make up the major research areas in the third division. The nature of forces can be further classified as impact and impulsive type. An impact type of force requires contact of a particular body segment with an external object, whereas impulsive force on a body segment is caused by purely inertial type of loading without a contact with an external object.
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Last date updated on June, 2014