Advanced Biomechanics and Injury Prevention


This module will build upon the students’ knowledge of biomechanics by introducing additional concepts, methods and techniques used in biomechanics. The module will consider the interdisciplinary nature of sport biomechanics and injury prevention, for example the physiology of fatigue applying it to biomechanical measures.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with the theoretical knowledge and practical competence to conduct detailed analysis of clinical and performance measures in a sport and exercise context.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Apply biomechanical principles in a clinical setting

2.  Apply biomechanical principles in a sport and exercise setting

3.  Demonstrate an understanding of the limitations associated analysis techniques in biomechanics

4.  Apply theoretical aspects of biomechanics to a practical setting

5.  Consider physiological mechanisms underpinning biomechanical outputs

Indicative Content

1 Clinical Biomechanics

Gait analysis – changes throughout the lifespan, effects of different footwear (including different cushioning systems and materials), effects of certain diseases and disabilities (including development of prostheses). Injury risk and prevention, including those through impacts, chronic and acute injuries and how these can be linked to health and safety issues.

2 Sport and Exercise Biomechanics

Injury risk, prevention and performance – use of biomechanical aids (including ankle bracing and taping) and their effects on injury incidence and performance. Integrative biomechanical assessment, which will focus on the utilisation and application of biomechanical laboratory skills developed in the third year module.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

The aim of this module is to provide students with the knowledge and competence to conduct a biomechanics analysis process in both clinical and performance settings. The module will be organised into lectures, tutorials and practical sessions. Lectures will provide the background knowledge of proposed content. Content will be further explored in tutorials, which will encourage problem−solving, collaborative learning and reflection. Practical activities will be used so students can learn by manipulating concepts in an active process. Finally, students are encouraged to engage in independent study, in particular reading key texts, in order to further their knowledge base. Teaching and learning strategies focus on developing skills in accordance with Abertay graduate attributes. The assessment for this module involves completing a case study considering mechanisms of injury and designing an appropriate research design, which will be executed and reported. This will primarily assess their application of practical knowledge with underpinning academic theory; allowing students to develop their ability to think critically and apply evidence−based practice.

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 2019/20 , and may be subject to change for future years.