The Biomechanics of Human Movement


Biomechanics is the study of the effect of forces on the human body. This module will develop students' knowledge of the mechanical principles that can be applied to human structure and function allowing analysis of human movement and the musculoskeletal system. Basic mechanics (statics, kinematics and dynamics) will be studied in two dimensions. The biomechanics of human gait walking and running will be investigated. The students' understanding of these concepts will be examined through the study of normal gait dynamics, muscle function, work and power. An awareness of the mechanics of tissues in the musculoskeletal system will be introduced as applied to exercise prescription and injury. The theoretical basis of methods for assessing movement, both quantitative and qualitative, will also be introduced enabling basic practical analysis of common movements to be performed.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand and apply concepts and terminology within the area of biomechanics.

  2. Describe how biomechanical factors influence motion in sport and exercise.

  3. Demonstrate an understanding of statics, kinematics and kinetics in human movement.

  4. Evaluate movement and estimate force on human structures during exercise and sports.

  5. Demonstrate an understanding of how changes of movement patterns and techniques will influence the load on human tissues during movement.

  6. Describe how skeletal tissue and muscles interact to create forces and torques that contribute to musculoskeletal injury and human movement performance.

  7. Describe the advantages, disadvantages and limitations of the use of recent technology and its application in the field of biomechanics.

% Coursework 40%
% Final Exam 60%