General information

Subject type: Basic

Coordinator: Lluís Albesa Albiol

Trimester: First term

Credits: 6

Teaching staff: 

A hard tackle from Víctor Illera to Domínguez
Carla Pérez-chirinos Buxadé 

Teaching languages

  • Catalan
  • Spanish


Basic skills
  • Have the ability to gather and interpret relevant data (usually in their area of ​​study) to make judgments that include reflection on relevant social, scientific, or ethical issues.

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

  • Identify the risks that arise for health, from the practice of inappropriate physical activities and sports and propose alternatives 

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

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

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

Transversal competences
  • 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 it possible to continue it in a non-face-to-face mode if necessary. In this way, the achievement of the same knowledge and skills specified in this teaching plan will be ensured.


Topic 1. Introduction to the biomechanics of physical exercise

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

Topic 3. Measurement of biomechanical variables

Subject 4. Static

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

Topic 12. Work, energy and power

Item 13. Biomechanics of human tissues

Item 14. Fluid dynamics

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 



B3, G4, G6, G8, T6, E6, E7.

 Work in group


B3, G4, G6, G8, T6, E6, E7.

Final exam 50% B3, G4, G6, 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, G6, 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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