Key Concepts in Biomechanics for Sport and Exercise


This module introduces the student to the study of biomechanical concepts applied within a sport health and performance perspective. It will offer the student the opportunity to analyse movement using various biomechanical laboratory techniques including those relating to movement analysis, reaction forces and the application of Newton's Laws.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with an understanding of the core concepts of biomechanical concepts and basic practical laboratory skills within biomechanics.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Describe the how the biomechanics of movement influence sport and exercise performance.

2.  Discuss and apply laboratory means of measuring the biomechanics of movement.

3.  Apply formulae relating to the biomechanics.

4.  Be able to discuss biomechanical concepts in a sport and exercise context.

5.  Evaluate a laboratory experiment, which requires application of knowledge and analysis skills pertinent to biomechanics.

Indicative Content

1 Biomechanical concepts in sport and exercise

Further develop understanding of how motion, forces, movement of mass, and acceleration can be applied in a sport, health and exercise context.

2 Specialist equipment use (injury)

Learn about the use of specialist equipment, such as force platforms, 2D motion analysis, contact mats, and electromyography to assess injury risk.

3 Specialist equipment use (performance)

Learn about the use of specialist equipment, such as force platforms, 2D motion analysis, contact mats, and electromyography to improve performance.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Along with the development of core knowledge, teaching and learning strategies will focus on additionally developing students’ skills in line with Abertay graduate attributes. The core material for this module will be delivered through lectures, with supporting tutorials and practical’s. Tutorials will allow the students to discuss and explore additional content from the lectures, allowing for a greater understanding of the topic. Practical sessions will focus on the application of theory within a practical environment, focusing on methods of accurate measurement, complimenting both lectures and tutorials. Students will be encouraged to engage in independent study, through reading key texts and journal articles, to underpin the theory taught in contact sessions. Assessment will primarily focus on the acquisition of knowledge in a laboratory report.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 14
Tutorial/Seminar 14
Supervised Practical Activity 12
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 40
Independent 120

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2019/10 , and may be subject to change for future years.