Sports Biomechanics

Unit code: AHE2102 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park
AHE1202 - Biomechanics; or
NEF1102 - Engineering Physics 1
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


In this unit, students further develop the analytical skills learned in first year biomechanics and apply these skills to real-world sporting applications. Using qualitative and quantitative biomechanical analysis skills, cameras and analysis software, biomechanical principles are used to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of an individual’s technique. Students perform a research-based analysis and a servicing-based report for an athlete to explore both the scientific aspect of sports biomechanics as well as the applied component where this data needs to be condensed and presented in a coach/athlete friendly way. Students also explore high level lab-based technologies to explore the forces and motions in sports skills, balance and injury.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Clarify the role of sports biomechanics and recognise and distinguish its relationship with complementary roles;
  2. Employ professional judgement to apply appropriate methods to set up, record, analyse and interpret sports skills;
  3. Scrutinise and assess the athletic performance of skills by applying biomechanical principles to provide servicing for the enhancement of technique;
  4. In collaboration with others, demonstrate responsibility and accountability for own learning and professional practice; and
  5. Present a clear coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas to differentiated audiences (specifically sporting and scientific).


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 30%
2 x quizzes (15% each)
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 20%
Practical skills test
Assessment type: Project
Grade: 50%
Report and presentation

Required reading

Selected readings will be made available via VU Collaborate.

As part of a course

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