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Tracks course: Mechanics in sports

Do you have an interest in how the theory of mechanics can be used to increase sports performance? Then come and join the course in Mechanics in Sports offered at Chalmers. The aim of the course is to exemplify how mechanical aspects are important in sports. Having a wide perspective, ‘sports’ in this context involves elite sports, recreational sports, parasport and movement-enabling technologies such as orthotics and prosthetics. The material covered falls within three themes: Basic concepts in mechanics & physics; solid mechanics & structural dynamics; and biomechanics. 

The course is scheduled during the whole autumn semester. As a start, the participants will be given introductory lectures to get oriented within each of the three main themes. Then the course participants selects a project which covers at least one (but preferably more) of these fields (projects to be defined by the teachers in discussion with the course participants). Examples of a few projects ideas are: Designing the next generation tennis racquet with HEAD; Mechanical analysis of long jump for increased performance (together with professional trainers); and Head injuries in football, but we are also open to suggestions form the course participants. Does this sound interesting? On the Student portal you can find more information about the course and information on how to apply.

Who can take the course?

We are looking for interested students with a background in basic mathematics and solid mechanics. The projects in the course will be adapted to the background of the students.

The Tracks project "Mechanics in Sports" is given as a course of 7.5 ects where you have the opportunity to develop skills to contribute to Objective 3, "Health and Well-Being", within Agenda 2030 – the UN's 17 global sustainable development goals.

About Tracks

The aim of Tracks is for students to work cross-disciplinary in courses that do not belong to any program or institution. These are challenge-driven courses or projects, where students from different programs work together to understand and solve complex societal challenges and deep research-driven challenges, as well as to develop, build, test and realize new processes, products and systems. All to get cross-border and attractive skills. The form of education provides the opportunity for a more individualized study period, where students create their own educational profiles and choose one or more Tracks courses based on their interests. They identify themselves what prior knowledge they lack and have the opportunity to obtain them.

Registration and course information

For information on how to register, click on the corresponding link on the Student portal Tracks course page​.

The course begins in quarter 1 and is planned for the whole autumn semester. Teaching language for the course is English.​

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