SSEH2250 Biomechanics in Sport and Exercise

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Sport Science major sequence
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 elective
Content
In this unit students are exposed to a broad range of topics in the field of biomechanics, ranging from Newton's laws, aerodynamics, clinical gait analysis and tissue mechanics. The biomechanical basis of movement is studied with special focus on sport techniques and the musculoskeletal system. The unit is complemented with practical laboratories to provide students with an applied understanding of how biomechanics can be used to influence both athletic and clinical populations. From both a theoretical and practical approach, students learn how biomechanics can be applied to sport, exercise and rehabilitation settings. For example students are shown how to improve an athlete's performance, reduce an individual's risk of injury and prevent/manage pathological gait disorders in clinical/special populations.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) describe movement from a biomechanical perspective; (2) understand how kinematic and kinetic variables relate to 2D movements; (3) link basic muscle mechanics to exercise rehabilitation programs; (4) understand the characteristics of normative and pathological gait; (5) comprehend how the internal and external forces associated with movement interrelate in optimal performance; (6) understand how external forces act on the body while in water; (7) learn the methods used to develop proficient lifesaving, survival and competitive swimming strokes; and (8) develop competencies in basic aquatic skills (i.e. common swimming strokes).
Assessment
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) mid-semester evaluations; (2) short answer final examination; and (3) practical assessment (practical and laboratory sessions). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Cyril J Donnelly
Contact hours
lectures 2 x 1.5 hrs per week; labs: 1 x 1 hour per fortnight; practical aquatic session: 1 x 1 hour per week
Texts

Hamill, J. and Knutzen, K. Biomechanical Basis of Human Movement, 3rd edn: Williams & Wilkins 2009

Richards, J. Biomechanics in Clinic and Research: Churchill Livingstone 2008

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