Movement Analysis


Course Objective

1. To be able to systematically describe (pathological) human movement
in terms of basic kinematics, kinetics and/or muscle activity and
interpret these observations through basic biomechanical reasoning.
2. To gain knowledge of common data acquisition and processing methods
for physical quantities.
3. To gain knowledge of the underlying physics of measurements of
kinematics, kinetics and muscle activity and their use and limitations
in research.
4. To be able to select an appropriate measurement set-up and data
analysis tool(s) in order to solve research questions using movement
analysis in clinical experimental research.
5. To be able to acquire and process kinematic, kinetic and
electromyography data using standard data acquisition systems and data
processing tools.
6. To be able to interpret and report the results of the measurement

Course Content

Assessing movement of the musculoskeletal system is central in
musculoskeletal physiotherapy sciences. Movement deviations and
underlying disorders can be observed in many ways. In a clinical setting
this is often performed using the trained clinical eye of the therapist,
common clinimetry, scales and questionnaires. But technological
advancements also allow physiotherapists to use more objective,
quantitative techniques within research and practice. In this course you
will learn how to perform quantitative analysis of human movement using
various assessment tools. You will explore the basics of motion capture,
force and inertial measurement units (IMU), and electromyography (EMG).
You’ll be acquainted with the physical background of these measurement
tools and the signals they capture. You’ll be acquainted with the
processing that is required to arrive at relevant outcome measures. But
mostly, you’ll learn to use these tools and analyses, to measure human
movement in the context of physiotherapy sciences and to interpret and
report the results.

Teaching Methods

This course will consist of lectures (9 x 2 hours), practicals (4 x 4-8
hours), and workgroups (7 x 4-6 hours).

Method of Assessment

Examination will be based on the report of the final practical
assignment (40% of final grade) and a written exam (short open
questions, 60% of final grade). In addition, all intermediate practical
reports should be handed in and passed.


Course syllabus and additional reading material on canvas

Target Audience

This course is only open for students of the Master Musculoskeletal
Physiotherapy Sciences

General Information

Course Code B_MOVANA
Credits 6 EC
Period P1
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Fac. of Behavioural and Movement Science
Course Coordinator dr. J.H.P. Houdijk
Examiner dr. J.H.P. Houdijk
Teaching Staff dr. J.H.P. Houdijk

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Teaching Methods Lecture, Practical