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.  Understand the use and application of notational analysis within a performance setting

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

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

4.  Use and understand biomechanical and performance analysis software

5.  Develop intermediate biomechanical laboratory skills

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 Notational Analysis

Students will consider concepts of notational analysis and be introduced to methods of notational analysis for team and individual performance. They will be asked to apply notational analysis methods to a performance setting.

3 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.

4 Development of intermediate laboratory skills

Students will develop intermediate laboratory skills in collection of biomechanical data including, 3D assessment of movement, kinetics using force platforms (ground reaction forces and stability).

5 Data processing and analysis

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

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

In addition to the advancement of biomechanical knowledge teaching and learning strategies will focus on the development of students’ skills in line with Abertay graduate attributes. The intellectual bracket is developed through identifying how the subject is evolving and the critical evaluation of content and identifying information gaps. Complex issues and problem solving will be included emphasising skills of lifelong learning identified in the professional branch of graduate attributes. The core material for this module will be delivered through lectures and practical’s supported through tutorials. Tutorials will allow students to discuss and critically evaluate content allowing for a greater understanding of the topic. Practical sessions will be geared towards developing intermediate laboratory skills on a range of biomechanical equipment, as single entities, including the processing and analysis of data, key skills needed for accurate evaluation. Students will be encouraged to engage in independent study, through reading key texts and journal articles, to underpin theory taught in the contact sessions. Assessments will revolve around content knowledge and the students ability to critically evaluate appropriate information and methods of data collection.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 13
Tutorial/Seminar 13
Supervised Practical Activity 12
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 50
Independent 112

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.