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SPEX11-304: Biomechanics of Exercise and Sport


This subject will provide students with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required to understand and examine the basic laws of force and motion and how these apply to optimising human movement.  In addition students will learn and apply techniques to mitigate injury risk in a variety of sporting activities as well as activities of daily living. The subject focuses on the mechanical basis of human movement, with an emphasis on understanding the concepts of linear and angular kinematics (e.g., position, displacement, velocity and acceleration), and projectile motion, linear and angular kinetics (e.g. forces, laws of motion, centre of mass, torque, and moments of inertia). Students will use this knowledge to address real-world exercise science applications in areas such as gait, fluid dynamics and resistance training via a variety of qualitative and quantitative analysis techniques.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences & Medicine
Semesters offered
  • September 2022 [Standard Offering]
  • September 2023 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Health Sciences
  • Sport
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2022: $3,950
  • Commencing in 2023: $4,050

Learning outcomes

1. Describe and apply the basic principles and laws of biomechanics as they relate to performance enhancement and injury prevention in a variety of populations. 2. Compare and contrast qualitative and quantitative biomechanical analysis and determine which method is appropriate in the analysis of specific movement. 3. Analyse basic movements including basic biomechanical measurements relevant to the client's needs. 4. Communicate results regarding movement technique to clients, colleagues and other professionals with appropriate use of illustrations, demonstrations and user-friendly language.

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Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens18/07/2021
Semester start13/09/2021
Subject start13/09/2021
Cancellation 1?27/09/2021
Cancellation 2?04/10/2021
Last enrolment26/09/2021
Withdraw – Financial?09/10/2021
Withdraw – Academic?30/10/2021
Teaching census?08/10/2021
Standard Offering
Enrolment opens17/07/2022
Semester start12/09/2022
Subject start12/09/2022
Cancellation 1?26/09/2022
Cancellation 2?03/10/2022
Last enrolment25/09/2022
Withdraw – Financial?08/10/2022
Withdraw – Academic?29/10/2022
Teaching census?07/10/2022