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Biomechanics

Code 12438
Year 1
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 5
Workload PL(15H)/T(15H)
Scientific area Sports Sciences
Entry requirements Not applicable
Mode of delivery face-to-face
Learning outcomes To deepen the knowledge and skills in the analysis of the human movement, promoting a critical attitude in the correction of motor patterns in the scope of physical exercise, sports activities and the promotion of quality of life and health.

Upon completion of the course the student should have acquired the following learning outcomes:
Understand, in a thorough and critical way, the research methodologies and techniques used in the field of Biomechanics of human movement directed to the field of sport;
Demonstrate knowledge and skills in the analysis of human movement, showing ability to evaluate motor performance and correct human movement patterns;
Demonstrate the ability to solve biomechanical problems in exercise and sport;
Demonstrate the ability to communicate and explain the results obtained from biomechanical analyzes performed to both specialists and non-specialists.
Syllabus The classes present a strong laboratory focus for the preparation, collecting, treatment, interpretation and discussion of biomechanical data obtained in the laboratory, from various situations in the scope of physical exercise and sports activities. It is in this context that the following modules are addressed.

1 Linear and angular kinematics
2 Linear and angular kinetics
3 Surface electromyography (EMGs)
4 Muscular Modeling
5 Signal processing
Main Bibliography Robertson, G., Caldwell, G., Hamill, J., Kamen, G., & Whittlesey, S. (2014). Research Methods in Biomechanics (2nd ed.): New York. Human Kinetics.
Winter, D. A. (2009). Biomechanics and motor control of human movement (3th ed.): John Wiley & Sons Inc.
Enoka, R. M. (2008). Neuromechanics of Human Movement (4th ed.): New York. Human Kinetics
Vaughan, C., Davis, B., & Jeremy, C. (1992). Dynamics of human gait: Human Kinetics Publishers Champaign, Illinois.
Merletti, R., & Parker, P. (Eds.). (2004). Electromyography: Physiology, Engineering, and Non-Invasive Applications (1st ed.): Wiley-IEEE Press.
Konrad, P. (2005). The ABC of EMG: A Practical Introduction to Kinesiological Electromyography. USA: Noraxon INC
Barbero, M., Merletti, R., & Rainoldi, A. (2012). Atlas of Muscle Innervation Zones - Understanding Surface Electromyography and Its Applications (1st ed.). Italia: Springer-Verlag
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria The evaluation will consist of the analysis of one motor task. Depending on the purpose of their work, students will apply methodologies and techniques addressed in the classes. The evaluation includes: abstract, introduction, methods, discussion and conclusion of the results.

Work must be delivered by 7 January.

In case of improvement of note counts only the best rating.

Note: Any fraud in the scope of the evaluations (plagiarism, transcription, copy, etc.) implies the disapproval of the student (s), who are not admitted to the examination
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2022-03-23

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