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SPSC3105 Mechanics of Sport Performance

10 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Simon Walker

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22


SPSC2113Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise

Module replaces

Merger of content of 2 modules:SPSC3315: Movement Analysis, 10c, S2SPSC3316: Mechanics of Sport and Performance, 10c,S1

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

How did the shoe worn by Eliud Kipchoge contribute to the first sub two-hour marathon? What is the science behind helmets designed to reduce injury through impacts? How do you measure and analysis movement and forces during individual and team sports? This module looks at the biomechanics underpinning the latest advances in sports performance and injury prevention. We will look at a range of topics including the design of sporting equipment, protheses, and the latest analysis and modelling techniques. Students will partake in two labs; one using GPS devices to measure performance in team sports, and one using a full 3D motion capture system to look at individual kinematics and kinetics.


The goal of this module is to use the knowledge from L1 and L2 to gain a deeper understanding of the role played by biomechanics in different sporting activities. This includes the most recent advances in sporting equipment to improve performance and reduce injuries alongside the latest technologies for recording analysing kinematics and kinetics.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the mechanical principles underlying activities and their assessment using various techniques;
2. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of movement analysis;
3. Apply these principles to analysis of sports performance;
4. Demonstrate key experience in the use of tools for modelling sports activity;
5. Critically engage with the biomechanics research literature related to sports performance;
6. Develop an understanding of inverse dynamics and its applications to human motion.


Students will cover:
- Motion capture and force plate measurements
- GPS & IMUs for outdoor movement analysis
- Inverse dynamics
- Helmet design
- Foot arch and running shoe design
- Prosthetics
- Fluid dynamics

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours80.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

individual project work: 40 hours
Reading for lectures: 16 hours
Preparation for examination: 24 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Practice worksheets
Online MCQs

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Practical ReportMotion capture lab report40.00
Practical ReportGPS Lab report20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)60.00

Normally resits are the same format as the original work unless otherwise stated.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment24 hr 40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)40.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 03/12/2021


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