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SSEH3355 Biomechanical Principles

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit provides a study of current biomechanical methodology used in the analysis of human motion, with particular focus on video-based methods for the two-dimensional analysis of sporting and clinical populations. Theoretical principles and methodologies underpinning dynamometry is also addressed. Students develop skill sets surrounding; the development of appropriate research questions; data collection practices and analysis; and report writing. The unit includes lectures, laboratories and a major group project.
Students are able to (1) critically appraise biomechanics literature; (2) collect and analyse video data using 2D biomechanical software and force platform data; (3) understand the mechanical basis to how muscles produce force and body segments move; (4) undertake a project and prepare a conference poster that integrates related literature with the collected data. This will require students to work cooperatively in research design, data collection, analysis, conference poster preparation; (5) present research findings to the class in a small team setting; and (6) propose meaningful interventions to prevent injury, rehabilitate from disease or injury and/or enhance performance as necessary.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) mid-semester examination; (2) group project; and (3) conference poster creation. 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 and is currently enrolled in the last 48 points of their Bachelor of Science majoring in Sport Science
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Machar Reid
Unit rules
SSEH2250 Biomechanics or any Level 2 PHYS unit or any Level 2 ENSC unit
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; labs/practicals: 2 hours per week (formal and informal lab times)

No formally prescribed text but recommended texts include:

Bartlett, R. Sports Biomechanics: Preventing Injury and Improving Performance: Taylor & Francis 1999

Peyton, C. and Bartlett, R. Biomechanical Evaluation of Movement in Sport and Exercise: the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences Guidelines. TJ International Ltd 2008

Hong, Y. and Bartlett, R. Routledge Handbook of Biomechanics and Human Movement Science: Routledge 2010

Winter, D. A. Biomechanics of Human Movement, 2nd edn: John Wiley & Son 1990


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