EXERCISE AND SPORTS BIOMECHANICS

EXS2ESB

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject introduces you to the core elements of biomechanics. In this subject you will investigate the forces that act on the human body and the effects produced by these forces, to cause motion, in order to understand how the human body interacts with its environment. This subject will introduce you to the key principles underlying human movement, including mechanical descriptions of movement, the internal and external forces which cause movement, the energetics of movement and movement in a fluid medium. You will also discuss the implications of current research that has shaped our understanding of how biomechanical analysis can be used to optimise human performance.

SchoolLa Trobe Rural Health School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorRodrigo Rico Bini

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must pass HBS1HBB and must be enrolled in one of Bachelor of Exercise Science (HBESB or HBES) or HZESPB Bachelor of Exercise Science/Master of Exercise Physiology. All other students require Subject Coordinator's approval.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsBasic BiomechanicsRecommendedHall, 2015McGraw-Hill Education, New York, NY.
ReadingsInstant Notes in Sport and Exercise BiomechanicsRecommendedGrimshaw & Lees & Fowler & Burden, 2013Taylor and Francis Group, New York, NY.
ReadingsBiomechanics of Sport and ExerciseRecommendedMcGinnis, 2013Human Kinetics
ReadingsSports mechanics for coachesRecommendedBurkett & Carr, 2010Human Kinetics

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Describe linear and angular kinematic concepts of human movement and correctly associate these quantities with their appropriate units (SI) of measurement.

Activities:
Lectures delivered on-line and face-to-face: linear kinematics concepts; angular kinematics concepts; uniformly accelerated motion; relationships between angular kinematic variables and linear kinematic variables; application of linear and angular kinematic principles to sport and exercise activities. Practical tasks and scenarios delivered on-line and face-to-face: 2-D video analysis, numerical differentiation to determine velocity and acceleration; computer simulation of projectile flight.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Creative Problem-solving)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Describe linear and angular kinetic concepts of human movement and correctly associate these quantities with their appropriate units (SI) of measurement.

Activities:
Lectures delivered on-line and face-to-face: Newton's Laws of Motion, friction, impulse and momentum, collisions, centripetal force; angular analogues of mass, force, momentum and impulse; angular analogues of Newton's Laws of Motion. Practical tasks and scenarios delivered on-line and face-to-face: force platform analysis of vertical jump; numerical integration of acceleration to determine velocity and displacement.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Creative Problem-solving)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Solve systems of forces within the human body.

Activities:
Lectures delivered on-line and face-to-face: torques and lever systems; static equilibrium; centre of gravity and centre of gravity determination in the human body; mechanical principles of stability; Practical tasks and scenarios delivered on-line and face-to-face: Determination of body centre of gravity.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Creative Problem-solving)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

04. Describe mechanical work, power and energy and their inter-relationships in relation to concepts of human movement and correctly associate these quantities with their appropriate units (SI) of measurement.

Activities:
Lectures delivered on-line and face-to-face: define concepts of work, energy and power and describe the relationships between mechanical and metabolic energy expenditure. Practical tasks and scenarios delivered on-line and face-to-face: force platform analysis of vertical jump.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Creative Problem-solving)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

05. Explain principles of fluid dynamics as they apply to the human body and to sports-related projectiles.

Activities:
Lectures delivered on-line and face-to-face: flow characteristics and fluid forces; buoyancy, drag, lift. Practical tasks and scenarios delivered on-line and face-to-face: computer simulation of projectile flight (shot put), practical demonstration of aerodynamics.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Creative Problem-solving)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

06. Demonstrate an ability to use available instruments for measuring kinematic and kinetic quantities and to solve problems related to these biomechanical concepts.

Activities:
Practical tasks delivered on-line and face-to-face: activities as described in SILOs 1-5; working in a team, analyse a sport or exercise activity and prepare a quantitative report.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Creative Problem-solving)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

07. Demonstrate the application of biomechanics principles to the optimisation of human performance.

Activities:
Lecture tasks delivered on-line and face-to-face: evaluation of experimental research relating to sport and exercise activities. Practical tasks: working in a team, analyse a sport or exercise activity and prepare a quantitative report.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Creative Problem-solving)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2018, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRodrigo Rico Bini

Class requirements

Laboratory Class Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 2-hour examination (equivalent to 2000 words).50 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07
One group laboratory report (equivalent to 1000 words per student).25 01, 06, 07
Quiz(zes) (60 minutes; equivalent to 1000 words).25 01, 02, 03, 04, 05

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKane Middleton

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Laboratory Class Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 2-hour examination (equivalent to 2000 words).50 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07
One group laboratory report (equivalent to 1000 words per student).25 01, 06, 07
Quiz(zes) (60 minutes; equivalent to 1000 words).25 01, 02, 03, 04, 05