BMES1001 Clinical biomechanics (5 cr)

Study level:
Advanced studies
Grading scale:
Responsible organisation:
Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences
Curriculum periods:
2020-2021, 2021-2022, 2022-2023, 2023-2024



Biomechanical principles applied to clinical context
Neuromuscular loading in acute and chronic conditions
Functional measurements in clinical and laboratory settings
Assessment of reliability and validity in clinical context
Clinical cases
Multidisciplinary group work

Completion methods
Lectures (8 hours)
Laboratory demonstrations and practice (8 hours)
Presentations of group work (8 hours)
Group project work (60 hours)
Moodle-tests prior to the course

Assessment details
Preliminary Moodle test 20%, group work presentation 80%

Learning outcomes

 On successful completion of this course, student is able to

  • explain terminology related to musculoskeletal loading and clinical conditions

  • understand principles and outcomes of biomechanical gait analysis

  • understand the principles of neuromuscular movement patterns

  • apply biomechanical methods in clinical conditions

  • know about innovative assessment modalities of human movement and function

  • understand reliability and validity in clinical research

  • work as a part of a multidisciplinary team with the acquired skills of neuromechanical assessments of human movement 

Additional information

1st fall.

Description of prerequisites

Preliminary knowledge of basic anatomy and biomechanics is needed

Study materials

Surface ElectroMyoGraphy for the Non-Invasive Assessment of Muscle:

Robertson, D.G.E., Caldwell, G.E., Hamill, J., Kamen, G. & Whittlesey, S.N. 2014. Research Methods in Biomechanics 2 painos. Champaign IL: Human Kinetics (440 s)

ACSM’s guidelines for exercise testing and prescription. 2013. American College of Sports Medicine. 9. painos. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. (480 s.)

ACSM’s Clinical Exercise Physiology. 2019. American College of Sports Medicine. 1. painos. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer.

Jewell, D.V. 2014. Guide to evidence based physical therapist practice. 3. painos. Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett. (434 s.) 


  • Tentittävä kirjallisuus:
  • Konrad, P. 2006. The ABC of EMG. A practical introduction to kinesiological electromyography. (61 sivua.); ISBN: 0-9771622-1-4

Completion methods

Method 1

Evaluation criteria:
Preliminary EMG test 20%, lecture exam(s) 10%, group work 70%
Select all marked parts
Parts of the completion methods

Participation in teaching (5 cr)

Participation in teaching
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