40224 - Electronics and Computer Bioengineering

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Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

Knowing area

  • To know the basis of rigid body mechanics
  • To know the fundamentals of human movement biomechanics 
  • To know the main protocols used in movement analysis
  • To know some technological solutions available for motor training and rehabilitation

Practical area

  • To calculate the forces in a system in static equilibrium
  • To identify the capabilities and the limits of the foremost instruments for kinematic and dynamic measures

Course contents

Introduction to biomechanics: improving performance and injury prevention.

Physics and mathematics review.

Kinematics. Linear and angular. Human body kinematics.

Statics and dynamics: Newton's laws, free body diagram, center of mass, center of pressure, anthropometric tables, torques, moments of inertia. Angular interpretation of Newton's laws.

Biomechanics exercise: shoulder, elbow, hip and knee.

Stereophotogrammetry: calibration, acquisition, and reconstruction. Errors: instrumental, anatomical landmarks mislocation, and soft tissue artifact. Experimental protocols: saflo, cast, pig.

Electromyography, Force Platform, Inertial Sensors, Global Positioning System (GPS).

Experimental activity in the biomechanics lab.


AA.VV., “Bioingegneria della Postura e del Movimento”, Collana del Gruppo Nazionale di Bioingegneria, vol. 22, Patron ed., 2003

Peter M. McGinnis, "Biomechanics of Exercise and Sport", 2nd Edition, Human Kinetics, 2004

Teaching methods

Classes and experimental activities in the biomechanics laboratory.

Assessment methods

Written and Oral examination

Teaching tools

Blackboard, videoprojector, laboratory.

Office hours

See the website of Silvia Fantozzi