Health, Physical Education And Recreation | Clinical Biomechanics: Gait (3 cr)
K500 | 6107 | Vardaxis


COURSE PREREQUISITES OR LIMITATIONS:
Undergraduate courses in physiology, biomechanics and anatomy or permission
by the instructor.

CLASS MEETING:
One 75 minute period twice per week

COURSE DESCRIPTION AND OBJECTIVES:
The purpose of studying clinical biomechanics is to understand the forces
acting on the human
body and to manipulate these forces in treatment procedures so that human
performance may be
improved and further injury may be prevented.  Human gait is the most common
of all human
movements.  It is one of the most difficult movement tasks that we learn,
but once learnt it
becomes almost subconscious.  The purpose of this course is to assist in the
understanding of the
complex biomechanical mechanisms of the intact and pathological gait
attempting to summarize
the state of knowledge as it appears in the literature of gait, and as it
relates to data collection
procedures and analysis.  Baseline measures of normal gait will be
discussed, as well as,
pathological patterns, their magnitudes, consistency and variability.  An
overview of the motor
patterns will be presented to show how the neuromuscular system achieves the
gait task and
reveals the essential features of the gait control system.  Lectures plus
laboratory work on
selected topics will be included.

The course will be divided in the following 3 modules aiming at:
1.   Basic understanding kinematic and external force data acquisition for
gait
2.   Gait analysis: Normal and pathological gait
3.   Gait: Experimental considerations

INSTRUCTOR:
Vassilios Vardaxis, Department of Kinesiology, HPER 112, 855-0682,
vardaxis@indiana.edu

TEXTBOOKS:
The biomechanics and motor control human gait: Normal, elederly and
pathological, 2nd edition.
Waterloo Biomechanics, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND TESTS:
1.   Assigned Readings
2.   Homework assignments  -  30%
3.   Mid-term Exam  -  30%
4.   Project  -  40%