Origins and Principles of Biomechanics


This module will examine the biomechanical concepts of the body, particularly the lower limb and link these to the laws of physics, and of motion. Studying this module will enable you to define and explain the relationship of kinematics to anatomy and physiology of the human 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. There is opportunity to 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.

The content of the module will also explore the relationship between developmental processes and observed clinical pathology, since many biomechanical abnormalities; originate during embryological and/or post natal development. 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.

Academic credits
Delivery method
Blended learning
Stoke-on-Trent campus

10 Weeks

Start date

Friday 19th January 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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