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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Injury, Exercise and Sport Biomechanics
Module Code SS317
School School of Health & Human Performance
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Kieran Moran
Semester 2: Kieran Moran
Autumn: Kieran Moran
Module TeachersKieran Moran
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only
Similar to the original assessment

Module Aims: To extend upon the students knowledge and abilities in understanding the biomechanical factors affecting injury (cause and prevention), how they can be assessed and reduced..

Learning Outcomes

1. Explain the relationship between relative excessive loading on a tissue and increased risk of tissue injury.
2. Discuss the underlying cause of injury in at least one sport
3. Critically discuss the importance of biomechanics in injury causation and prevention
4. Explain how biomechanical functional abnormalities may predispose to injury during gait

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture30In-class lectures
Independent Study89Independent study and independent task completion (especially in relation to evidence based research and practices)
Laboratory6Laboratory based practical classes
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

General topics
Biomechanical factors influencing movement in relation to injury prevention and rehabilitation, biomechanics of lifting,landing, sport events and exercises. Undertaking a quantitative biomechanical analysis.

Core Transferable Skills
Evaluation of data, Understanding the relevance of research, Independent Learning, Presentation skills

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment50% Examination Weight50%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
AssignmentFor a sport of your choice, detail the biomechanical factors that may predispose an athlete to injury, and briefly outline how these can minimised40%Week 12
PresentationPresentation, questions and answers on your assignment title10%Week 7
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Zernicke, R: 0, Biomechanics of musculoskeletal injury, Human Kinetics,
  • McGinnis, P.: 0, Biomechanics of sport and exercise, Human Kinetics,
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Date of Last Revision16-JUL-09

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