15 credits at level HE7
The aim of this module is to further develop studentís knowledge in the area of biomechanics and its specific application to strength training and conditioning. The module aims to develop studentís ability to understand sport movement demands and the influence this has on training exercise prescription and choice of biomechanical tools used for muscle function assessment. The module explores these both in terms of improving sports performance and reducing a sport associated injury risk. Students will develop competence in using a range of biomechanical tools (i.e., qualitative & quantitative video analysis, force platform, isokinetics, etc.) for evaluating effective and safe exercise techniques and measuring muscle strength qualities relevant to specific sports.
The module will include topics such as:
Basic Biomechanical principles of Strength Training (i.e., kinesiological analysis of exercise, levers & mechanical advantage, biomechanical factors in human strength, movement analysis & exercise prescription, etc.)
Biomechanics of Olympic weight lifting and power lifting exercises
Variable resistance training (i.e., use of bands & chains in traditional resistance exercise)
Velocity specificity and maximal power training
Strength and power assessment
Functional training for sports (i.e., core stability, prehabilitation, etc)
Connective tissue and bone adaptations to strength training/ mechanical loading
The essential concepts and theoretical basis will be delivered by the tutor through lectures. Further understanding and support will be demonstrated through seminars, labs, workshops and group tutorials.
Teaching hours will consist of 24 hours delivered over 8 x 3 hour blocks and 126 hours of independent study, reading, project work and evaluations. Tutors will provide ongoing support and guidance throughout this process.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of biomechanical principles related to strength training||Apply mechanical principles to understand the execution of safe and effective training exercises. Be able to evaluate sports movements for exercise selection or performance assessment.|
|2.||Critically review biomechanical literature on strength training||Be able to analyse and interpret literature to make an informative judgement on the efficacy of exercise techniques, training methods and/ or muscles function assessment protocols.|
|3.||Critically analyse biomechanical data obtained from a sports/ exercise context||Be able to; select, analyse, and interpret specific biomechanical data, make appropriate recommendations on the basis of the evaluation and collect reliable data using a variety of biomechanical methods.|
|4.||Critically evaluate the biomechanical tools used in the analysis of exercise and performance assessment||Select appropriate biomechanical tools and acknowledge reliability & validity issues related to them.|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||2000 word essay on a selected biomechanics of strength training topic||2000 word journal article involving a biomechanical investigation|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
Baechle, T.R. and Earle, R.W. (2008). Essentials of strength training and conditioning (3rd Ed). Champaign, Illinois: Human Kinetics.
Boyle, M. (2004). Functional training for sports. Champaign, Illinois: Human Kinetics.
Delavier, F. (2006). Strength Training Anatomy (2nd Ed). Champaign, Illinois: Human Kinetics.
Fleck, S.J and Kraemer, W.J. (2004). Designing Resistance Training Programmes (3rd Ed). Champaign, Illinois: Human Kinetics.
Kraemer, W.J. and Hakkinen, K. (2002). Strength training for sport. Oxford: Blackwell Science.
Komi, PV. (2003). Strength and power in sport (2nd Ed). The encyclopaedia of sports medicine, volume III. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.
Newton, H. (2002). Explosive lifting for sports. Champaign, Illinois: Human Kinetics.
Siff, M. (2003). Supertraining. Denver: Supertraining Institute
Zatsiorsky, V.M. and Kraemer, W.J. (2006). Science and Practice of Strength Training (2nd Edition). Champaign, Illinois: Human Kinetics.
British Journal of Sports Medicine
Journal of Applied Biomechanics
Journal of Biomechanics
Journal of Sports Sciences
Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research
Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
Strength and Conditioning Journal
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