SPORTS ENGINEERINGS AND REHABILITATION DEVICES

Second cycle degree in MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

Campus: PADOVA

Language: English

Teaching period: Second Semester

Lecturer: NICOLA PETRONE

Number of ECTS credits allocated: 6


Syllabus
Prerequisites: The knowledge of elements of applied mechanics and mechanics of materials is recommended, as well as the knowledge of differential mathematics and vectorial algebra.
Examination methods: The exam will consist of a written assessement, covering all the topics of the lectures and the laboratory esperiences.
An oral discussion will follow the written assessement in order to integrate its results with questions regarding the anathomy and physiology of the muscoloskeletal system.
The final mark will take also into account the evaluation of the group project conduction and presentation and of the weekly assigned homeworks.
Course unit contents: COURSE CONTENTS:
Fundamentals:
1. Basic knowledge of anatomy and physiology of the musculoskeletal system.
2. Quantitative anthropometry.
3. Modelling equilibrium and motion of the segments of the human body.
4. Analysis of gait and running.
Methodologies:
5. Sensors and systems for the evaluation of kinematic, kinetic and physiological parameters during the sport exercise: motion capture systems, force platforms, pressure insoles, electromyography.
6. Design and calibration of strain gauge multi-component load cells for the collection of functional loads at the human body – equipment interfaces.
7. Musculoskeletal simulation codes.
8. Design of a research project for the statistical evaluation of sport and rehabilitation devices.
Applications:
9. Classification of sport equipments and rehabilitation devices.
10. Identification of perfomance, comfort and safety parameters of sport – rehabilitation equipments.
11. Knowledge of safety standards, implementation of standard tests methods.
12. Functional evaluation of sport equipments, orthoses, assistive technologies, prostheses and training or rehabilitation machines.