Lower Limb Paediatric Pathologies and Therapies


This module will examine the biomechanical concepts of the body, particularly the lower limb in the paediatric patient. Studying this module will enable you to define and explain the relationship of kinematics to anatomy and physiology of the paediatric musculo-skeletal system. You will: study the relationship of anatomy to mechanics and explore the differing perspectives of the descriptive anatomist to that of the clinical biomechanist who requires an understanding of the dynamics of functional anatomy of human movement. Explore the concepts of joint axes and their fluidity of position in space and time during gait and relate these concepts to those of joint neutral and joint congruency positions and core stability.

  • Use understanding of the mechanical effectiveness of such structures to interpret positional relationship of joint axes and timing of action with respect to locomotion and other functional activities.
  • Explore the relationship between developmental processes and observed clinical pathology,
  • Be expected to demonstrate practical application and debate on the origins of the clinical biomechanical evaluation process.

The clinical course of biomechanical based disorders is commonly influenced by various environment and activity related factors. After studying this module, you will be expected to identify and appropriately adjust those factors so as to minimise their adverse impact on treatment outcomes. In this module you will therefore explore the embryological and developmental origins of various structural deformities.

This module is a distance learning module with structured live webinars arranged throughout the module to create discussions and allow for formative feedback on tasks. There are active discussion boards used in blackboard which allow for classroom concepts to be debated as well as individual tasks that can be presented in tutorials to gain structured feedback on progress. All pre-course reading materials and course documentation will be available through blackboard. It will be necessary for students to engage fully in the Black Board activities and tasks and they are encouraged to participate in the discussion forums within blackboard to enhance the teaching / learning experience. This will consist of several Activities and Tasks, from which students will be asked to actively contribute to electronic based discussions.

Academic credits
Delivery method
Distance learning

10 weeks

Start date

Friday 3rd May 2024

Health, Science and Wellbeing

Entry requirements

You need to be involved in musculoskeletal practice as an Allied Health professional registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), Sports Therapist or Biomechanist who support Allied Health professionals or a Medical professional.




Dr Helen Branthwaite

Senior Lecturer

Delivering postgraduate clinical biomechanics awards has been at the center of teaching activities for all professionals involved in assessment and management of musculoskeletal conditions.

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