An introduction to the mechanical principles and analytical techniques that can be applied to understand human structure and function.
Biomechanics is a fast growing sub-discipline of sport science. It is a high-tech science concerned with analysing how and why we move the way we do. This paper is an introduction to biomechanics. We will examine the mechanical principles and analytical techniques that can be applied to understand human structure and function.
|Subject||Sport, Physical Education and Exercise|
|Teaching period||Semester 1 (On campus)|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,141.35|
|International Tuition Fees||Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.|
- ANAT 101 or HUBS 191 or PHSE 191
- PHSE 202
- Schedule C
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- Teaching staff
- Teaching Arrangements
Three 1-hour lectures per week.
One 2-hour lab each fortnight.
Blazevich, A. J. (2017). Sports biomechanics: the basics: optimising human performance (3rd ed.). Bloomsbury Publishing.
Uchida, T., & Delp, S. (2021). Biomechanics of Movement : The Science of Sports, Robotics, and Rehabilitation. MIT Press.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Information
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- Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete this paper will develop:
- An understanding of the mechanical aspects as they apply to human motion
- An objective and scientific approach to human movement
- An understanding of the use of instrumentation in the analysis of human movement
- Skills for analysing, interpreting and presenting biomechanical data
- Conduct and interpret biomechanical measurements
- Communicate scientific data to the public (clients), colleagues and professionals effectively and appropriately
- Integrate biomechanical knowledge and skills with other areas of sport and exercise science