This unit aims to develop an understanding of advanced biomechanics topics and methods with a focus on gait and posture control in adults, children and specific populations (eg ageing). Using interfaced forces plates, digital video cameras and 3D movement analysis systems, experience is gained in the collection and analysis of external and internal forces, angular and linear kinematics, and muscle activation. Other advanced analysis techniques are integration using digital methods, inverse dynamics from ground reaction forces and anthropometric constants, centre of pressure, friction and slipping. Impulse momentum relationships and leverage are studied using high-impact activities such as running, jumping and lifting.

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AHE2102 - Sports Biomechanics

OR AHE1202 Biomechanics (for ABHE students only)

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Determine motions of the body during typical activities, and quantify the forces acting on the body during movement;  
  2. Gauge the scope and limitations of different experimental and analytical techniques used to quantify human movement, interpret motion data accurately, and evaluate studies of human movement; and  
  3. Utilise the analytical skills necessary to perform a biomechanical analysis of human movement.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Class test (2 x 10%) 20%
Report Laboratory report based on the experimental results and associated literature for kinematic and kinetic analysis. 25%
Project Group research project - write a report and present to the class utilising own experiment to gather quantitative biomechanical data. 30%
Examination End of semester - multiple choice 25%
Hurdle: To gain an overall pass in this unit students must attend and complete 80% of the laboratory sessions.

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