SE206-5-AU-CO:
Applied Biomechanics and Movement Analysis

The details
2019/20
Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences (School of)
Colchester Campus
Autumn
Undergraduate: Level 5
Current
Thursday 03 October 2019
Saturday 14 December 2019
15
16 May 2019

 

Requisites for this module
(none)
(none)
(none)
(none)

 

SE303

Key module for

BSC C603 Sports Therapy,
BSC C604 Sports Therapy (Including Placement Year),
BSC C605 Sports Therapy (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C607 Sports Performance and Coaching,
BSC C608 Sports Performance and Coaching (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C609 Sports Performance and Coaching (Including Placement Year),
BSC C614 Sports Performance and Coaching (Including Foundation Year)

Module description

The module will focus on understanding human locomotion. Dr Florentina Hettinga and Dr Matt Taylor will start with discuss how gait and in particular running performance, the most basic of human cyclic movements, can be analysed. Practicals are organized in which we can experimentally test and analyse our own running performance.

In the second part of the module we will look back to the principles explained in the first lectures and practicals that applied to running, and how they can be applied to other cyclic movements in sports and rehabilitation (e.g. wheelchair biomechanics).Throughout the module, we will discuss factors that determine movement of athletes and sports objects in air and water are examined from a biomechanical perspective.

We will explore the nature of the forces that air and water can exert on athletes and sports objects and how they affect performance Forces that affect body movement also impose loads on the internal structures of the body. The physical properties of internal structures (notably the musculoskeletal system) will be studied to understand the causes of injury and how they may be prevented.

Learning Outcomes:
To pass this module students will need to be able to:
1. describe how air and water exert forces on athletes and objects moving through them and how these forces can be modified to improve performance;
2. describe the stresses and strains that can be imposed on internal structures of the body by external forces and the responses of human body structures to these;
3. Understand the practical techniques used to collect biomechanical and movement data;
4. Understand the biomechanical characteristics of walking and running and the effect various footwear has on gait;
5. Describe the interaction between footwear and sports surfaces on gait, movement and performance;
6. Explain how basic mechanics can be applied to an athlete, and how you can model an athlete with an energy flow model;
7. See relevance of biomechanics in applied research on sports and exercise in various contexts.

Module aims

This module aims to provide you with a theoretical and practical understanding on the fundamental concepts of human movement and biomechanics.

Module learning outcomes

To pass this module students will need to be able to:

1. describe how air and water exert forces on athletes and objects moving through them and how these forces can be modified to improve performance;
2. describe the stresses and strains that can be imposed on internal structures of the body by external forces and the responses of human body structures to these;
3. Understand the practical techniques used to collect biomechanical and movement data;
4. Understand the biomechanical characteristics of walking and running and the effect various footwear has on gait;
5. Describe the interaction between footwear and sports surfaces on gait, movement and performance;
6. Explain how basic mechanics can be applied to an athlete, and how you can model an athlete with an energy flow model;
7. See relevance of biomechanics in applied research on sports and exercise in various contexts.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

20 x 1 hour lectures, plus 1 revision class before summer exam; 2 x 3 hour practicals or equivalent

Bibliography

This module does not appear to have any essential texts. To see non-essential items, please refer to the module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework online multiple choice assessment 30%
Coursework Extended Abstract 29/11/2019 70%
Exam 120 minutes during January (Main)

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
50% 50%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
50% 50%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Matthew Taylor
School Undergraduate Office, email: sres (Non essex users should add @essex.ac.uk to create the full email address)

 

Availability
Yes
No
No

External examiner

Dr Owen Thomas
Cardiff Metropolitan University
Reader: Sport Psychology
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 44 hours, 20 (45.5%) hours available to students:
24 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).

 

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