Mechanics of Human Movement

Course IDCourse NameInstructorRoom NumbessrTime
ME6012Mechanics of Human MovementSUJATHA SRINIVASANMSB 245Slot-G

Course Contents

This course deals with applying principles of mechanics to movements of the human body. Understanding the biomechanics of human movement is necessary for the prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries and design of aids for rehabilitation. The course will introduce the necessary anatomy, modeling and analysis techniques.
At the end of the course, the student should be able to
1. Identify essential anatomical components of the musculoskeletal system.
2. Classify bones and joints in the musculoskeletal system.
3. Describe movements using standard anatomical terminology.
4. Draw free body diagrams for various postures and activities.
5. Apply principles of statics and dynamics to analyze human movements.
6. Perform inverse dynamic analysis to determine internal forces and internal moments.
7. Explain the various periods, tasks and phases of human walking.
8. Identify key contributors to the various events in a gait cycle.
9. Sketch the normal ranges of motion of the various joints during a gait cycle.
10. Describe various types of pathological gait.
11. Identify causes and compensation mechanisms for pathological gait.
12. Describe various assistive devices for walking.
13. Identify design criteria for lower limb assistive devices.
14. Work in a team to design an orthotic or prosthetic device.
15. Describe measurements used in analysis of human movement.
16. Review journal papers in this field.


Text/Reference Books

  1. Fundamentals of Biomechanics: Equilibrium, Motion, and Deformation, Nihat Ozkaya and Margareta Nordin
  2. Basic Biomechanics of the Musculoskeletal System, Margareta Nordin and Victor Frankel
  3. Biomechanical Analysis of Fundamental Human Movements, Arthur Chapman
  4. Biomechanics and Motor Control of Human Movement, David Winter
  5. Gait Analysis, Jacquelin Perry
  6. Gait Analysis, Michael Whittle
  7. Journal articles