Teaching period

1st semester


Learning outcomes

By the end of the teaching period, the students should:

  • Understand the basic analysis - description methods of the upper limb - cervical spine movement,
  • Understand the movements of the previously described joints, in which axes and levels they occur and actions of the corresponding muscle groups,
  • Develop verbal presentation skills on certain subject units.


Teaching method

  • Classic theoretical presentations,
  • Video presentations on movement analysis,
  • Discussions with student groups assigned with an issue briefing.


Week by week schedule

The theoretical part of Kinesiology I consists of 45 teaching hours, organised in 15 3-hour sessions, in which the student attendance is essential.




Introduction - Basic Kinesiology Principles


Skeletal Construction- Joints- Movement levels and axes


Musculature I - Anatomic Characteristics


Musculature II - Function: Types of Contractions and Muscle Actions


Neuromuscular Characteristics/ Basis of Human Movement


Anatomic levers: Description - Classification


Upper limb- Shoulder girdle: Shoulder - Scapula Muscles


Upper limb: Shoulder/ Humeren Rate


Upper limb: Elbow - Forearm


Upper limb: Wrist


Upper limb: Hand


Spine: Introduction


Spine: Movement of the upper and lower cervical spine


Spine: Cervical Musculature


Movement Combination of Upper limb - Cervical Spine


Textbooks/reference material

In English

  1. Galley P.M. & Forster A.L. Human Movement (1987). An introductory text for Physiotherapy students. Churchill Livingstone.
  2. Levangie P., Norkin C. (2005). Joint Structure and Function. A Comprehensive Analysis. F.A. Davis Company, Philadelphia.
  3. Nordin M & Frankel V.H. (1989). Basic biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system. Lee & Febiger.
  4. Oatis C.A. Kinesiology (2004). The Mechanics & Pathomechanics of Human Movement. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
  5. Perry J. (1992). Gait analysis: Normal and Pathological function. SLACK Incorporated.
  6. Smidt G.L. (1990). Clinics in Physical Therapy: Gait in Rehabilitation. Churchill Livingstone.
  7. Smith LK, Weiss EL, Lehmkuhl LD (1996). Brunnstrom΄s Clinical Kinesiology. F.A. Davis Company, Philadelphia.
  8. Whittle M. (1991). Gait analysis: An introduction. Butterworth.


In Greek

  1. Δούκας Ν. (1991). Κινησιολογία. Ιατρικές Εκδόσεις Λίτσας (Kinesiology)
  2. Σφετσιώρης Δ. (2003). Κινησιολογία Εισαγωγή-Άνω Άκρο DKS, Αθήνα (IntroductiontoKinesiology – UpperLimb)
  3. Κapandji, I.A.(2001). Η Λειτουργική Ανατομική των Αρθρώσεων, Τόμος 3: Ο Κορμός και η Σπονδυλική Στήλη. ΙατρικέςΕκδόσειςΠ.Χ. Πασχαλίδης, Αθήνα (Functional Anatomy of the Joints, Vol 3: Trunk and Spine)
  4. Hamilton N. Luttgens K.(2003). Κινησιολογία. Επιστημονική βάση της ανθρώπινης κίνησης Εκδ. Παρισιάνου, Αθήνα (Kinesiology, Scientific Basis of Human Movement)
  5. Smith L. Weiss E Lehmkuhl. (2005). Brunnstrom's ΚλινικήΚινησιολογίαΕκδ. ΠαρισιάνουΑθήνα (Brunnstrom’s Clinical Kinesiology)



Assessment of the theoretical part of Kinesiology I takes place in the end of the semester and has 2 examination periods. In case somebody fails in the 1st exam, they may take the 2nd. If they fail twice, they have to attend the module/subject again. The examination students take is consisted of open and closed type questions. The final grade of the subject derives from the average of the theoretical and laboratory part and has to be 5 out of 10 or higher. Nevertheless, the students need to achieve 5 out of 10 for each of the parts to consider the subject passed. The examination’s duration is 2 hours. After passing the theoretical and laboratory part, the students are awarded with 8 ECTS credits.

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