Biomechanics is the study of forces and their effects on living systems. Biomechanics provides advanced knowledge in biomechanics particularly related to performance enhancement and injury prevention.
Students focus their academic course work on developing the ability to understand and apply the principles of biomechanics when serving as a movement analyst in competitive and recreational sport situations, as well as in the workplace. As a culminating experience, students in the biomechanics sequence will complete a thesis, independent study, or professional practice.
In most cases, students accepted into this sequence will have demonstrated a high level of academic performance; however, some students may have alternative preparation for this sequence through work experience or academic training.
Depending on individual career aspirations, completion of the biomechanics sequence prepares a student for future study of biomechanics at the doctoral level, for employment as a research assistant with a corporate entity, or to serve as a member of a workplace safety team.
Steven McCaw, Ph.D., University of Oregon
Mechanisms of energy absorption during drop landings, muscle activity patterns during strength training exercises
Cognate Area - 3-9 hours in courses approved by biomechanics sequence coordinator
Culminating Experience - 3-6 hours with approval by biomechanics sequence coordinator
In addition to meeting the criteria for acceptance into the Master of Science degree program in the School of Kinesiology and Recreation, students interested in the biomechanics sequence must have a bachelor's degree in exercise science or a related field, including appropriate course work.
If the bachelor's degree is from another discipline, you may be required to complete the following KNR undergraduate courses: Human Anatomy and Physiology (181 & 182, two semesters), Motor Learning and Performance (257), Exercise Physiology (280), and Biomechanics (282) before proceeding to the sequence core of biomechanics classes unless alternate introductory courses acceptable to the sequence advisor have been completed.
If you begin the program in the fall of an ODD year, your course schedule will look like this:
If you begin the program in the fall of an EVEN year, your course schedule will look like this:
Contact Dr. Steve McCaw, Sequence Coordinator.