Kinematic Motion Analysis in Sports and Beyond

Instructor: Nils Eckardt, M.Ed. (University of Kassel)



Kinematics is the study of points in motion without regard to the cause of that motion. Today’s modern 3D optical tracking technology using infrared or normal cameras, also known as optical motion capture, makes it possible to measure the position of very fast moving objects with extremely high accuracy within a specific space.

Traditionally kinematic motion analysis is used to evaluate human motion like gait or sports related motion. But the areas of interest are not restricted to that, more and more research in psychology, medicine and engineering emerges every year. Social science uses motion analysis too. For instance, kinematics can be used to investigate social patterns (i.e., social interaction kinematics), like the positions of people relative to each other, hand gestures, posture and many more.

The aim of this course is to familiarise participants with basic biomechanical knowledge, which serves the purpose of understanding how kinematic motion analysis works. Further, techniques to acquire, extract, edit and analyse kinematic motion data are going to be taught. Thus, by the end of the course students are equipped with capturing, analysis and evaluation skills in kinematic motion analysis.


Required literature for preparation:

Robertson, D. G. E., G. E. Caldwell, J. Hamill, G. Kamen & S. N. Whittlesey, 2014: Research methods in biomechanics. Champaign,IL: Human Kinetics. Part I, Chapter 1 & 2.

Please do not borrow the book from the library. It should be available for everybody. A master-copy of the book is available at Nils Eckardt’s office (Damaschkestraße 25, room 1300).