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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Unit aim

Enhances and develops student's theoretical and practical knowledge in the in the field of lower limb biomechanics.
 

Unit content

1. Biomechanical principles

  • Kinematic and Kinetic concepts
  • Clinical measurement tools of foot posture in podiatric practice
  • Evidence base for assessing foot posture in podiatric practice

2. Assessment of the spine, hip and knee

  • Locomotion, clinical gait analysis and analysis of dynamic movements
  • Fundamental descriptions of gait cycle
  • Terminology of gait
  • Neurophysiological basis of gait
  • Development of gait (childhood to old age)

3. Assessment of the foot and ankle

  • Locomotion, clinical gait analysis and analysis of dynamic movements
  • Fundamental descriptions of gait cycle
  • Terminology of gait
  • Neurophysiological basis of gait
  • Development of gait (childhood to old age)

4. Root theory

  • Historical perspective
  • Normal versus ‘abnormal’ foot structure
  • Pathomechanics

5. Tissue Stress Model & SALRE Theory

  • Tissue properties and their relationship to gait
  • The response of connective tissues to normal and abnormal gait

6. Electromyography and muscle activation

  • The response of muscles to normal and abnormal gait

7. Sagittal Plane Theory

  • Underlying principles
  • Assessment
  • Compensatory mechanisms
  • Orthotic protocols

8. 2D and 3D analysis of gait and mobility

  • Digital photography
  • Video photography and video based software
  • Treadmill analysis
  • Plantar pressure systems
  • In-shoe pressure systems
  • Goniometry
  • Force platforms

9. Pathomechanics

  • Pathological gait
  • Neurological considerations
  • Structural considerations

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 demonstrate knowledge of the kinematic and kinetic concepts
2 demonstrate knowledge of the mechanics of both normal and abnormal foot structure and function
3 apply the techniques necessary for biomechanical observation and gait analysis
4 apply contemporary theories to conduct, record and evaluate biomechanical examination of the lower limb
5 explain the relationship between biomechanical disorders and clinical manifestations in practice

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate knowledge of the kinematic and kinetic concepts
    • GA2:
    • GA4:
  2. demonstrate knowledge of the mechanics of both normal and abnormal foot structure and function
    • GA4:
  3. apply the techniques necessary for biomechanical observation and gait analysis
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  4. apply contemporary theories to conduct, record and evaluate biomechanical examination of the lower limb
    • GA1:
    • GA2:
    • GA4:
  5. explain the relationship between biomechanical disorders and clinical manifestations in practice
    • GA4:

Prescribed texts

  • Kirtley, C, 2006, Clinical Gait Analysis: Theory and Practice, Churchill Livingstone, Elsevier.
  • Neumann, DA, 2009, Kinesiology of the Musculoskeletal System , Elsevier.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.