HPSCI204-21B (TGA)

Biomechanics in Sport: Functional Anatomy and Biomechanical Principles

15 Points

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Division of Health Engineering Computing & Science
Te Huataki Waiora - School of Health


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Paper Description

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This paper covers basic functional anatomy and biomechanical concepts in relation to human movement. This paper provides opportunities for the development of skills, attributes, and knowledge on how to observe, understand, and assess human movement. The functional anatomy component addresses muscles, bones, joints, and motion of the different parts of the human body, as well as common injuries and pathologies to these areas. The biomechanics component addresses kinematics and kinetics, determinants of movement, video analysis and applied biomechanics principles in the context of Health, Sport and Human Performance.

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Paper Structure

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This paper includes one 2-hour (in class) lecture (A01 - Toi Ohomai Windermere Campus) and one 2-hour (in class) laboratory session per week (Toi Ohomai Sports Science Laboratory).The laboratory sessions are designed to complement your lecture material and associated textbook notes.

PowerPoint slides will be made available on moodle to students each week. It is encouraged that students attend all lectures and laboratory sessions in-person.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Identify key bones, joints, muscles, tendons, and nerves in the human body and understand their function
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  • Define and apply functional anatomy concepts to explain human movement in the context of Health, Sport and Human Performance
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  • Describe and identify normal and pathological human anatomy, function, movement, and mechanics
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  • Define and apply biomechanical concepts to human movement in the context of Health, Sport and Human Performance
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  • Demonstrate knowledge and practical competencies in assessing human movement, function, and injury
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  • Explain mechanisms, assessments, and management of the most frequent injuries
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This paper contains three (3) main assessments:

(1) Laboratory Workshops (30%)

(2) In-Class Test (30%)

(3) Written Report (40%)

All assessments cover topics from both the lectures and the laboratories.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Laboratory Workshops
13 Oct 2021
4:00 PM
  • Hand-in: In Lab
2. In Class Test
13 Oct 2021
9:00 AM
  • In Class: In Lecture
3. Lab Report
25 Oct 2021
4:00 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Recommended Readings

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Blazevich. Sports Biomechanics: The Basics: Optimising Human Performance. Bloomsbury Sport.

Clarkson. Musculoskeletal Assessment: Joint Motion and Muscle Testing. Wolters Kluwer.

Enoka. Neuromechanics of Human Movement. Human kinetics.

Floyd. Manual of Structural Kinesiology. McGraw Hill Education.

Grimshaw, Cole, Burden, Fowler. Instant Notes in Sport and Exercise Biomechanics. Routledge.

Hall. Basic Biomechanics. McGraw Hill Education.

Hamill, Knutzen. Biomechanical Basis of Human Movement. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Kendall, McCreary, Provance, Rodgers, Romani. Muscles: Testing and Function with Posture and Pain. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Magee. Orthopedic Physical Assessment. Elsevier.

McGinnis. Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise. Human Kinetics.

Netter. Atlas of Human Anatomy. 5th Edition. Elsevier Health Science.

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Online Support

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Lecture and laboratory notes will be made available on Moodle following the lectures and laboratories. However, these notes are brief and do not include the detail required to complete this paper. Therefore, it is to your advantage to engage with ALL lectures and laboratories to ensure you are conversant with the content of this paper.

More information on Moodle for students can be found here: https://www.waikato.ac.nz/elearning-resources/moodle

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This paper has an expected workload of 150 hours across the semester (approximately 12.5 hours per week). There are 4 contact hours per week (2 hours lectures, 2 hours of laboratories); therefore, students should plan to spend around 8 hours each week on readings, assignments, revisions, and independent study.

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Linkages to Other Papers

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This paper expands on the paper content covered in HPSI101 and SPLS104, links to HPSCI201, and is a precursor to subsequent papers (HPSCI303 and HPSCI304).
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Prerequisite papers: HPSCI101 or SPLS103 or SPLS104.




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