KPE160H1: Fundamentals of Human Movement

This is an inter-disciplinary course introducing biomechanics and neuro-motor behaviour. It describes how humans control the position and movement of their bodies in the gravitational field of earth given the laws of motion and an understanding of how muscles generate force. This includes systems for description, measurement and development of healthy posture, movements, flexibility, and stability; and uses squatting (stance) and walking (gait) as examples of basic movements with which to explore these concepts. The central role of the nervous system in sensation, perception, and the control of motor behaviour, along with introductory principles of motor learning and motor development are also considered. This course will be integrated with KPE182H1.

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