Module details for Applied Biomechanics for Performance


This module is designed to build and advance the principles of biomechanics and introduce the concept of performance analysis within a sporting context. Utilising biomechanics to create evidence based intervention strategies to optimise performance.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with the knowledge and ability to apply biomechanical principles to the analysis of performance for the production of evidence based interventions.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Critically evaluate existing biomechanical models in relation to sporting performance

2.  Develop intermediate biomechanical laboratory skills - Understand the use and application of performance analysis within a performance setting

3.  Analyse and apply biomechanical principles to the analysis of sporting performance

4.  Use and understand biomechanical and performance analysis software

Indicative Content

1 Performance Analysis

Students will identify what performance analysis is, observe performance analysis against existing models, apply and assess the efficacy of the different types of performance analysis.

2 Biomechanical concepts associated with performance

Students will critically evaluate biomechanical concepts in relation to their application within a sporting/performance concept. Biomechanical factors that contribute to performance or can be used to optimise performance will be discussed.

3 Development of intermediate laboratory skills

Students will develop intermediate laboratory skills in collection of biomechanical data including, 2D assessment of movement, electromyography assessment of movement and kinetics using force platforms (ground reaction forces and stability).

4 Data processing and analysis

Students will be taught how to effectively process and analyse biomechanical data generated using biomechanical laboratory equipment

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 13
Tutorial/Seminar 19.5
Practical Activity 0
Assessment 50
Independent 117.5
Total 200

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

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.


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