Online Course: Introduction to Human Biomechanics – External Forces
Learn about the basic concepts of human biomechanics that enable us to move effectively.
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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:
- Reading activity
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.
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 1-1.5 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 - Reading Physiopedia pages, journal articles, book chapters. Watching videos. Attempting quizzes. 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 1.1 Physioplus 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:
- Respect the Physioplus Community Culture.
- Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
- Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
- Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
- Complete a course evaluation form.
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
Australian Physiotherapy Council
APC Accredited Continuing Professional Development
South African Society of Physiotherapy
South African Society of Physiotherapy: PB007/PT000/2021/282 (3 General CEUs Level 1)
Texas Physical Therapy Association
United States - Texas
The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
This activity is provided by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider #2312053TX and meets continuing competence requirements for PT and PTA licensure renewal in Texas. This activity will provide 1.57 CCUs.
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Physioplus meets the CPD standards of the Health and Social Professions Council of Ireland (CORU). All activities completed on Physioplus are accepted and can contribute towards your continued professional development.
United Kingdom UK (HCPC)
Physioplus meets the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) CPD standards and all activities completed on Physioplus are accepted by the HCPC and can contribute towards your continued professional development.
United States – States not requiring accreditation
Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Washington
The state board of physical therapy either does not require course pre-approval or does not require CEUs for re-licensure. As a result Physioplus courses should fulfil requirements for professional development - please check with your state board.
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!
Physiotherapist, United Kingdom
The creators have clearly put in an incredible amount of time and effort to create such in-depth courses, and I am grateful for these accessible and worthwhile online courses, especially the international connection they promote. Thank you so much for the courses and all you do for our profession and our patients.
Taking a course on Physioplus is well worth your time. There is no rush, and can be done anywhere that there is internet access. The information provided in the course is current and there is access to many journal articles to check for evidence based materials that can be used in many settings