General information

Subject type: Basic

Coordinator: Marc Terradellas Fernández

Trimester: Second term

Credits: 6

Teaching staff: 

Bruno Fernandez-valdes Villa
A hard tackle from Víctor Illera to Domínguez 

Teaching languages

  • Catalan
  • Spanish


Basic skills
  • Have the ability to gather and interpret relevant data to make judgments that include reflection on relevant social, scientific, or ethical issues

Specific skills
  • E6 Apply the physiological, biomechanical, behavioral and social principles to the different fields of physical activity and sport

  • E7 Identify the risks to health, the practice of inappropriate physical activities and sports and propose alternatives

General competencies
  • G4 Describe the physiological and biomechanical factors that condition the practice of physical activity and sport

  • G6 Recognize the effects of physical activity on the structure and function of the human body

  • G8 Understand the basics, structures and functions of human motor skills and patterns

Transversal competences
  • T6 Generate resources for adapting to new situations and solving problems, and for autonomous learning and creativity


The term biomechanics arises from the combination of the words, biology and mechanics. According to its etymology, the term biology comes from the Greek roots "bios"(life), and"Logos"or"lodge"(science). Thus, biomechanics is defined in a generic way as the study of the movement of living beings by applying the science of mechanics. This subject will therefore focus on the study of the movement of the human body associated with the practice of physical exercise and sport, analyzing and explaining this movement through the application of the basic laws of physics and mechanics, and the skills acquired in anatomy and physiology.

The aim of this subject is to introduce CAFE students to the specialty of biomechanics applied to physical activity and sport, providing the knowledge required to address, analyze and explain the causes that cause the movement of human body, as well as the effects of movement and the environment in which sports activities take place. The learning and understanding of this knowledge will be obtained through a teaching process based on the basic principles and foundations of kinetics and kinematics, as well as the physical properties of different biological tissues of the human body.

It is essential for the CAFE professional to know those factors related to the mechanics of biological tissues and movement, which may or may not cause benefit or harm to the human body during the practice of physical exercise and sport. In the same way, it is necessary to acquire skills that allow the CAFE professional to carry out qualitative and quantitative assessments, in order to develop predictive models that provide advance knowledge about the effect of the application of forces and movement on the human body.

This subject has methodological and digital resources to make possible its continuity in non-contact mode in the case of being necessary for reasons related to the Covid-19. In this way, the achievement of the same knowledge and skills that are specified in this teaching plan will be ensured.

Learning outcomes

  • Identify the main historical facts of anatomy, physiology and biomechanics, as well as know how to recognize the study methods and recording techniques most used in these disciplines, and interpret their data.
  • Understand and apply precisely the scientific terminology of biomechanics.
  • Understand and know how to interpret the principles of physics involved in the movement of the human body.
  • Understand and know how to interpret the biomechanical principles involved in the execution of motor skills.
  • Understand the interdisciplinarity of the sciences of physical activity and sport, and know how to interpret the application of prior knowledge in other subjects (anatomy, physiology or kinesiology), to biomechanics.
  • Understand and know how to interpret the effect of the environment on the movement of the human body.
  • Apply kinetics and kinematics as tools for the quantitative description of the movement of the human body and its effects.
  • Apply the knowledge acquired to identify the most relevant factors for sports performance.
  • Apply the knowledge acquired in the field of biomechanics to various areas of the sciences of physical activity and sport.
  • Incorporate and apply new technologies for obtaining data and information and image processing, in the practice of physical activity and sport.

Working methodology

The methodology of the subject will be carried out combining face-to-face classroom time, with autonomous work time, with the support of the virtual learning environment. The percentage of time the student spends is distributed as follows:





Face-to-face sessions in the classroom and LARS

Face-to-face sessions with audiovisual material. Problem-based learning, practical application of theory. Practical sessions, individual and collective work.



Problem solving, bibliographic searches, personal study.



Each ECTS is equivalent to 25 hours of student dedication, considering the time invested in the total of the activities related to the face-to-face time and the time of autonomous work, that the professor of the subject deems appropriate, as well as the times. reading, information search, connection to the Virtual Classroom, elaboration of works.


Topic 1. Introduction to the biomechanics of physical exercise

Topic 2. Introduction to rotational forces, moment arms and levers

Subject 3. Static

Subject 4. Technology for the measurement of biomechanical variables

Item 5. Resistance and loads

Item 6. Levers and pulleys

Item 7. Biomechanical analysis of training systems

Item 8. Linear kinematics

Item 9. Angular kinematics

Item 10. Linear kinetics

Item 11. Angular kinetics

Item 12. Work, energy and power.

Item 13. Biomechanics of human tissues

Item 14. Fluid dynamics

Learning activities

In addition to the theoretical content classes, during the development of the teaching period included in this subject, the teacher will propose different activities that must be solved and delivered by students through the 'Moodle' platform. That is, a system of continuous evaluation will be applied. The content presented through the realization of these activities will allow to value the progression of the alumnado with regard to the integration of the theoretical-practical content of the asignatura, as well as supervise the follow-up that realizes the student on the asignatura. These tasks will be complemented by the appropriate feedback from teachers on the activities carried out.

The activities proposed during the continuous evaluation will involve the performance of work, both individual and collective. The teacher will provide the necessary instructions so that the students can elaborate and carry out the delivery of their works autonomously.

All activities will be based on practical cases that will allow the application of the contents taught in a master class format.

Evaluation system

According to the qualification system (Royal Decree 1125/2003, of 5 September, establishing the European credit system and the qualification system for university degrees of an official nature and valid throughout the state):

0 - 4,9: Suspension (SS)

5,0 - 6,9: Approved (AP)

7,0 - 8,9: Notable (NT)

9,0 - 10,0: Excellent (SB)


The final grade of the student is the result of a continuous assessment through different assessment activities. The pass of the subject is obtained with a grade equal to or higher than 5 points (out of 10 points) according to the following weighting table:


Evaluation activity


Assessed skills 

Internships (Deliveries and questionnaires)


B3, G4, G8, T6, E6, E7.

 Work in group


B3, G4, G8, T6, E6, E7.

Final exam 50% B3, G4, G8, T6, E6, E7


The evaluation of the subject will be carried out by means of a system of continuous evaluation (delivery of individual and collective works), together with the realization of a final examination:

  • Continued avaluation: It will be composed of theoretical-practical content sessions and the delivery of the corresponding activities related to these. These activities weigh 50% of the final grade of the subject (25% individual work and 25% collective work, respectively). The instructions for the development of the activities will be delivered via Moodle, and will be explained in due course during the corresponding sessions. 


  • Final exam: The final mark of this exam weighs 50% of the final grade of the subject. This exam will be face-to-face, and will consist of test-type questions and / or to be developed. This exam must be passed with a grade equal to or higher than 5/10 in order to be able to average with the rest of the evaluation activities of the subject. A mark lower than 5/10 supposes the suspense of the examination, and therefore, of the total evaluation of the asignatura.


  • Extraordinary examination call: This activity corresponds to the evaluation in recovery period. It is a face-to-face exam, and will consist of test-type questions and / or to be developed. In this exam, the student must achieve a grade equal to or higher than 5/10 in order to pass the subject. Those students in whom the continuous assessment is suspended, will not be able to present to the extraordinary announcement of examination.



Criteria needed to average between the evaluation activities:

Evaluation activity

Note to average

Final exam

Equal to or greater than 5/10


Requirements to pass the continuous assessment:

The mandatory minimum attendance at the internship is 80%. If there is a justified absence from a practice, a justification must be provided.


If the continuous assessment is not passed due to non-compliance with any of the necessary requirements described above, the student will fail the subject.


In accordance with current regulations, during the assessment in the recovery period, only those students who have taken the assessment exam in the first call and have failed may take the extraordinary exam. . In case of Not Presented, it will not be possible to opt for recovery.

Evaluation activity


Assessed skills 



B3, G4, G8, T6, E6, E7



The total or partial copy in any of the learning activities will mean a "Not Presented" in the subject, without option to present in the proof of recovery and without prejudice of the opening of a file for this reason.



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