Exercise Biomechanics

Name: Exercise Biomechanics
Code: DES10229M
Duration: 15 weeks/78 hours
Scientific Area: Human Kinetics

Teaching languages: Portuguese
Languages of tutoring support: Portuguese, English, Spanish
Regime de Frequência: Presencial

Sustainable Development Goals

Learning Goals

The purpose of the course is to provide an advanced study of biomechanical concepts and their application to human movement.


1 - Biomechanics as na Interdicipline. Basic Movement terminology
2 - Total Description of a Body segment in Space. The Center of Mass of human body.
3 - Scope of Antropometry in Movement Biomechanics
4 - Basic elements of Kinematics. Processing raw kinematics data
5 - Direct and Imaging Measurements techniques
6 - Basic elements of Kinetics. Biomechanical Models
7 - Joint reactions forces. Angular Kinetics.
8 - Mechanical Energy and Work. Mechanical energy transfer between segments
9 - Internal versus external forças.
10 - Neromechanical Basics of human movement.
11 - Muscle mechanics. Force-Length and Force-Velocity Characteristics
12 - Kinesiological Electromyography (EMG)
13 - Analytical Tools for human movement - Movement variability and motor control

Teaching Methods

The unit is organized in T, P classes and tutorials according to the regulation school of theUE.
T are plenary and based on the scientific method, emphasizing the search for information, the interpretation of experimental results and a critical and scientific rigor in students.
In P classes, students must: participate actively in the preparation and execution of work in a group discussion of results and to report on individual work.
The assessment includes: questions in organization and presentation by the students of relevant scientific articles and discussion with the teacher. Students may also opt for an evaluation by developing and writing a research work, or an assessment through frequency or through a final exam.
Telecommuting: Introduction of the fundamental theoretical concepts through resources available in Moodle.
Work in person: The practical skills will be acquired in person.

Teaching Staff