Biomechanics - (15 credits)

This module is designed to give students an appreciation of biomechanics. The module focuses on equine biomechanics but also draws on research carried out on other species. The module contains discussion of the history and development of biomechanics from the ancient Greeks through to current cutting edge research being carried out in the field. The musculoskeletal system is examined with respect to its biomechanical properties in order to understand how locomotion is generated, maintained and arrested. The methods of measurement of both kinetics and kinematics are discussed and the application of these methods is evaluated. The biomechanics of different equestrian disciplines are examined and the efficacy of using the results to predict performance discussed. The module also examines how the rider can influence the gait of the horse.