Online Course
Introduction to Human Biomechanics – External Forces
Learn about the basic concepts of human biomechanics that enable us to move effectively.

1.5-2 hours





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Tolulope Adeniji
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Tolulope has an interest in geriatric physiotherapy, particularly in brain modulation and clinical biomechanics

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Human movement is complex. We are able to produce a variety of postures and movements that are made possible by our musculoskeletal biomechanics. Understanding human biomechanics is essential to every physiotherapist's knowledge base. There are two types of biomechanics; internal biomechanics and external biomechanics. This course focuses on external biomechanics. Tolulope Adeniji explains and discusses the essential basic human biomechanics concepts that every Physiotherapist needs to understand in order to practice effectively.


This course aims to explain the basics of external human biomechanics, and how it applies to clinical physiotherapy practice.


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Video
  2. Reading activity
  3. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.

Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1.5-2 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.

Types of Activities - Watching videos, reading, a final quiz and participating in an international discussion forum.

Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 1.6 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • name the 5 different ways to analyse and describe motion
  • compare closed kinetic chains with open kinetic chains
  • describe the 4 aspects of kinetic analysis of human motion
  • describe 3 essential components of the musculoskeletal machine

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

No relevant relationships disclosed by instructor.


For special needs or accommodations please contact us with details of how we can meet your needs.

Featured reviews
It was a great experience! Learning about human biomechanics is really interesting and this course discusses the topic clearly.
This biomechanics course by Tolulope Adeniji is a great one! It tackles various topics that give us an in-depth understanding of human body motion. I would recommend this course to other PT students.
This course is very well put together with the use of global resources related to biomechanics. Makes it easy to quickly refresh the topic in a surprisingly short time!
Sonal Joshi