96278 - Bioengineering

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  • Teacher Silvia Fantozzi

  • Credits 3

  • SSD ING-INF/06

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Rimini

  • Degree Programme Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Sciences and Techniques of Preventive and Adapted Physical Activities (cod. 9263)

  • Teaching resources on Virtuale

  • Course Timetable from Sep 27, 2022 to Nov 11, 2022

Academic Year 2022/2023

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.

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, Insole Pressure.

Experimental activity in a movement analysis 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

Jacquelin Perry, "Gait Analysis: Normal and Pathological Function", Slack Incorporated.

Teaching methods

Classes and experimental activities in the movement analysis laboratory

Assessment methods

Written Examination (Oral optional)

There are three parts:

  1. multiple-choice test on basic theory (5 points)
  2. exercise (12 points)
  3. open question on instrumentation (13 points).

Teaching tools

Blackboard, videoprojector, laboratory.

Office hours

See the website of Silvia Fantozzi