Unit description

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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • 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 study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
Exam: practical20%
Report40%
Exam: closed book40%
Notice

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