Advanced Biomechanical Analysis – EXSC 550

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 09/05/2023

Course Description

This course involves the application of mechanical principles, quantitative analysis of human movement, and advanced study of biomechanical instrumentation systems. Critical analysis of current research in the field of biomechanics is also emphasized.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


The purpose of this course is to provide future clinicians and researchers in exercise science with an extensive knowledge base of the principles, theories, and concepts concerning quantitative analysis of human movement. This course will prepare the student to both utilize and analyze video, force, and electromyographic data in EXSC 551, Advanced Biomechanics Lab, and in his/her future exercise science career. In addition, the student will also enhance his/her analytical skills through biomechanical research evaluation and review.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (2)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. Each thread must be at least 450-500 words, demonstrate course-related knowledge, and provide a total of 2 citations from any of the following sources: peer-reviewed journal articles, published textbooks, or publications directly associated with the content being discussed. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 200-250 words, engage with course-related knowledge, and include at least 1 citation from any of the following sources: peer-reviewed journal articles, published textbooks, or published books directly associated with the content being discussed.

Article Review Assignments (2)

Each student will critically analyze 2 research articles that utilize biomechanical tools discussed in this course. Each article review assignment will be at least 2 pages (double spaced, 12-point font) and consist of the following sections: objectives, methods, results, summary, critique, and question/application. 

Paper Analyzing Sport Skills Assignment

Based on the information presented in the Burkett textbook chapter on Analyzing Sport Skills and the chapter on Identifying and Correcting Errors in Sport Skills, students will write a 4 to 5 page (double-spaced) paper on how to analyze, identify, and correct errors in sport skills. Also, in the last section of your paper, students will discuss how to incorporate 2D video analysis when analyzing sport skills based upon information presented in Module 6 video presentation.

PowerPoint Assignment

The student will compose a 12-slide PowerPoint presentation on the biomechanical analysis of a chosen sport skill or strength & conditioning skill/technique. The student will also utilize free biomechanical software (or free cellphone app) to measure joint angles of the body during 3 key phases of the chosen skill. Each slide in the PowerPoint notes section must contain at least 75 words, and the final slide must include at least 2 scientific references from peer-reviewed journals in addition to the course textbook and the Bible.

Quizzes (3)

Each quiz will cover the Learn material for the Module: Week in which it is assigned. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes; contain true/false, multiple-choice, and/or matching questions; and have a 120 minute time limit.