Master's degree in Sport Science and Physical Performance

Sport biomechanics

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Paola Zamparo
Paola Zamparo
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MOTORIE 1° semestre dal Oct 1, 2019 al Jan 24, 2020.

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Learning outcomes

The aim of this course is to enable students to identify 1- the biomechanical parameters "characteristic" of a given sport / movement and 2- the instruments (on field and in a laboratory setting) that can be used to quantify these parameters. The course aims at providing a interpretative paradigm that can be adapted to different contexts to reduce the gap between sport practice (mostly qualitative analysis) and the quantitative analysis (scientific research) of human movement.


The course will start with a series of lectures aimed at resuming the base principles of the biomechanics of sport and human movement (topics already covered in the Biomechanics course of the bachelor degree). Then, the students will form small working groups and will define a sport / movement to be analyzed, the biomechanical parameters of interest and the possible methods of investigation. Each group will then define an experimental protocol to perform a quantitative analysis of the identified biomechanical parameters; this preliminary investigation will be followed by a (guided) phase of data collection and analysis. In the final part of the course the groups will present their results to their colleagues, discussing them also on the basis of simple statistical analyses. The course, therefore, includes a series of lectured / presentations in the initial and final phases (32 hours) while the central part of the course will be experiential (practicum: 30 hours). Attendance is strongly recommended for phases 1 and 4, mandatory in phases 2 and 3 (work in small groups).

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Anthony Blazevich Biomeccanica dello sport Calzetti e Mariucci 2017 978-88-6028-510-2
D. Halliday, R. Resnick, J. Walker Fondamenti di Fisica: Vol. I - Meccanica, Termologia; Vol. II - Elettrologia, Magnetismo, Ottica. (Edizione 5) Casa Editrice Ambrosiana 2001 8821405389
Legnani, Palmieri, Fassi Introduzione alla biomeccanica dello sport CittàStudi Edizioni 2018

Assessment methods and criteria

For those attending the course the presentation of the projects constitutes the final exam. Those who cannot attend will be assessed by means of a written test with open questions and numerical calculations followed by an oral examination. The topics, for those not attending the course, are those of the Biomechanic's course of the bachelor degree.

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