Applied Human Biomechanics

Course Code :1009GENRVK
Study domain:Rehabilitation Sciences
Academic year:2017-2018
Semester:2nd semester
Contact hours:45
Study load (hours):168
Contract restrictions: Faculty decision based on student file
Language of instruction:Dutch
Exam period:exam in the 2nd semester
Lecturer(s)Ann Hallemans
Ulrike Van Daele

3. Course contents *

This course is built up gradually . We start with an explanation of what biomechanics is and what models can be used to describe human movement. Initially we examine movements in 2D ( planar ). Examples of movements that are often seen in the clinical practice will be given. Then, the matter becomes more complex and movements are studied in 3D . Also the most used system for 3D motion capture will be discussed . Next, we examine the gerneration of force and force distribution in the human body. These principles are founded on Newton's laws of motion. Knowledge of anthropometry (body structure) is indispensable to understand the effects of forces on the human body. Bone, cartilage , muscle and elastic tissue behave differently under the influence of the forces that act upon it . We go deeper into this to better understand how these materials that are the building blocks of the musculoskeletal system behave under the influence of forces and how injuries can occur.

The principles that are presented in plenary lectures are further practiced during the exercise sessions.