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Forensic Kinesiology: Foundations of an Interdiscipline for Accident/Crime Investigation

Pelham, Thomas W. MS, PT, CSCS*; Holt, Laurence E. PhD; Holt, Jason PhD

The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology: June 2010 - Volume 31 - Issue 2 - p 200-203
doi: 10.1097/PAF.0b013e3181cfc890
Review Article

Kinesiology is the study of human movement, and comprises several disciplines, each devoted to a specific aspect of human activity, each with its own set of principles and methods to assess and analyze movement. Forensic kinesiology is the application of kinesiological techniques to accident/crime investigation; specialists in this field can use various tools and procedures to measure, analyze, model, and determine the movement sequences involved in events under investigation. This article will highlight major subdisciplines of kinesiology most relevant to forensics, present the key assessment and analytical tools used by kinesiologists, and demonstrate how both the principles and the practices of kinesiology can be applied to accident/crime investigation.

From the *Waverley, Nova Scotia, Canada; †School of Health and Human Performance, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; and ‡School of Recreation Management and Kinesiology, Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Manuscript received December 13, 2007; accepted March 20, 2008.

Reprints: Laurence E. Holt, PhD, School of Health and Human Performance, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 3J5. E-mail:

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.