Singapore University of Social Sciences

Sports Biomechanics (BSE215)


Sports Biomechanics is the study of human movement in sports using the application of mechanics to improve performance or to prevent injury. Mechanics is an area of science concerned with motion of a body and action force of a body. This course basically divided into three parts. The first part focuses on examining the motion of a body. The second part will look into how the action of force on the body. Finally this course illustrates how biomechanical analyses of sports and exercise are conducted. The findings of such analyses are also discussed to evaluate if performance can be improved or injury can be prevented.

Level: 2
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every January


  • The mechanical basis of sporting, exercise and clinical movements
  • Introduction to analyses of movement in 2D and 3D
  • Action of forces in Motion
  • Kinetics Effects on movement and injury risks
  • Biomechanics Analyses - Gait patterns
  • Biomechanical Analyses - Sports Activities

Learning Outcome

  • Express how the terms, biomechanics, statics, dynamics, kinematics, and kinetics are related.
  • Demonstrate Newton’s laws of motion and gravitation and describe practical illustrations of the laws.
  • Describe the effects of factors governing projectile trajectory.
  • Illustrate the uses of available instrumentation for measuring kinematics quantities.
  • Express common units of measurement for mass, force, weight, pressure, volume, density, specific weight, torque, and impulse and explain how they are used.
  • Determine the mechanical advantages associated with the different classes of levers.
  • Explain the significance of centre of gravity location in the human body.
  • Distinguish angular motion from linear motion and how moment of inertia affects angular velocity of an object.
  • Use the variables effecting buoyancy to determine whether a human body will float.
  • Analyse the factors affecting the magnitude of drag and explain the theories regarding propulsion of a body in a medium (e.g. water in swimming).
  • Apply biomechanical principles in the analysis of movement technique to facilitate the learning and performance of motor skills.
  • Develop and demonstrate competence in a variety of skills needed in performing biomechanical analyses.
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