Movement Rehabilitation


The aim of this curricular unit is to provide students the opportunity to develop an understanding of biomechanical principles as applied to the examination and management of movement disorders. An additional aim of this unit is to promote advanced skills in the implementation of exercise programmes, in the context of musculoskeletal disorders. At the end of this unit the student should demonstrate knowledge and understanding of biomechanical principals and its application to the examination and management of movement dysfunction in musculoskeletal disorders. Student should also demonstrate the ability to develop exercise programmes specifically directed to patients with musculoskeletal disorders.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Doutora Rita Noélia Silva Fernandes


Weekly - Available soon

Total - Available soon

Teaching language

Portuguese/ English


Musculoskeletal conditions


- Richards, J; Biomechanics in Clinic and Research: An interactive teaching and learning course. Churchill Livingstone, 2008; 1 edition. ISBN: 978-0443101700

- Winter, D; Biomechanics and Motor Control of Human Movement. John Wiley & Sons, 2009; 4th Edition edition. ISBN: 978-0470398180

- Neumann D; Kinesiology of the Musculoskeletal System. Mosby, 2009. ISBN: 978-0323039895

- American College of Sports Medicine; ACSM's Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2009. ISBN: 978-0781769020

- Swain, D & Leutholtz B; Exercise Prescription: A Case Study Approach to the ACSM Guidelines. Human Kinetics, 2007. 2nd Revised edition edition. ISBN: 978-0736066808

Teaching method

Teaching and learning strategies include:

- Lectures and Seminars

- Small Tutorial Groups

- Clinical Skills Lab

- Self-directed Learning

Evaluation method

The assessment methods include:

- Case based Scenario - Design of an exercise programme for a patient with a musculoskeletal movement dysfunction disorder, limited to 2000 words (100%).

The students must have a classification of a minimum of 50% in the assessment activity. In the case of failure the student will repeat the assignment in a supplementary examination.

Subject matter


- Biomechanical principals and its application to the examination and management of movement dysfunction in musculoskeletal disorders;

- Introduction to quantitative motion analysis and to biomechanical methods/techniques available to quantifying human performance;

- Applied kinematics and kinetics to upper and lower limb motion analysis;

- Training principles and its application in the context of musculoskeletal disorders management;

- Development of structured exercise programmes for patients with musculoskeletal disorders.


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