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Applied biomechanics

Course Code :5013GENRVK
Study domain:Rehabilitation Sciences
Academic year:2020-2021
Semester:1st semester
Contact hours:16
Credits:3
Study load (hours):84
Contract restrictions: Faculty decision based on student file
Language of instruction:English
Exam period:exam in the 1st semester
Lecturer(s)Filip Struyf
Ann Hallemans

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, for example gait. Then, the matter becomes more complex and movements are studied in 3D. Next, we examine the generation 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.

These theoretical concepts are put into practice by discussing the clinical movement analysis of the following body regions: 

  • Shoulder
  • Elbow
  • Wrist-/hand
  • Hip
  • Knee
  • Ankle-/foot