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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Good health and well-being Quality education

Academic Year 2020/2021

Learning outcomes

Aim of the course is providing the students with the basic knowledge and tools inherent with an exemplary application of biomechanics: the biomechanics of human movement. To this aim the course will mix in an integrated view mechanics and neurophysiology with an exclusive emphasis on the human motor control system. Several topics related with measurement and simulation of human movement will be largely stressed and many field applications will be discussed, including orthopedics, neurology, rehabilitation, sports medicine, virtual reality.

Course contents

Introduction to biomechanics
Biomechanics of human movement
The rigid body assumption
Measurement and modeling in movement analysis
Physics refreshments
Multi-link model of the human body
Statics and Dynamics in biomechanics
2-D and 3-D models
Body segment parameters
Center of mass (COM)
Anthropometric tables
Inverted pendulum models of body sway
Ankle and hip strategies
The force platform
Center of pressure (COP)
COP & COM relationship
Kinematics in biomechanics
Linear and angular kinematics
Joint kinematics
Experimental protocols (Saflo, VCM, CAST)
Anatomical calibration
Functional anatomy of the posturo-motor system
Human movement analysis

Experimental activity in the Movement Analysis Lab


Reference book:

"Fondamenti di Meccanica e Biomeccanica del Movimento", Giovanni Legnani e Giacomo Palmieri, Ed. Città Studi

On-line material provided by the professor for integration.

Other books:
"Bioingegneria della Postura e del Movimento", A. Cappello, A. Cappozzo, P.E. di Prampero Eds., Pàtron editore, 2003

David Winter, "Biomechanics and Motor Control of Human Movement", John Wiley & Sons, 1990

Teaching methods

Classes, assistance to problem solving, introduction to the devices and methods used in a movement analysis laboratory.

Assessment methods

Test in written form (7 multiple questions, 1 open question, 2 exercises)


Alternative testing method:

Development of a group experimental project the duration of the course, monitored during tutoring sessions every other week, to be presented in written and oral format within the first testing session at the end of the teaching period. The evaluation of each participant to each project will be based on individual tutoring and final presentation.

Teaching tools

Classes, assistance to problem solving, introduction to the devices and methods used in a movement analysis laboratory.

Office hours

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