Teaching period

2nd semester


Learning outcomes

  • Comprehension of the fundamental analysis-description methods of the lower limb and spinal thoracic-lumbar movement, as well as of the virtual standing position, the gait cycle description and the main disorders of all the above,
  • Comprehension of the spinal joints and lower limbs movement, in which axes and levels they occur and actions of the corresponding muscle groups,
  • Verbal presentation skills development on subject units.


Teaching method

  • Classic theoretical presentations,
  • Movement analysis presentations on video.


Week by week schedule

The theoretical part of Kinesiology II is summarised in 30 teaching hours, organised in 15 2-hour sessions, in which student attendance is essential.




Spine: Thoracic spine - Joints/ Muscles


Spine: Rib Cage - Mechanics of Breathing


Spine: Lumbar spine  I - Anatomical Elements - Movements


Spine: Lumbar spine II - Muscle function


Basin: Basin Movements – Description of lumbopelvic rythm


Lower limb: Hip


Lower limb: Knee I - Anatomical Elements - Movements


Lower limb: Knee II - Muscle function


Lower limb: Ankle


Lower limb: Foot


Lower limb - Basin - Spine: Gait Kinematic Characteristics


Lower limb - Basin - Spine: Muscle Actions on Gait


Lower limb - Basin - Spine: Description of Gait Pathological Patterns


Description of Lower limb's Closed and Open Chain Movements


Virtual Standing Position and its Main Disorders


Textbooks/reference material

In English

  1. Galley P.M. & Forster A.L (1987). Human Movement. 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 (Kinesiology, Introduction: UpperLimb)
  3. Κapandji, I.A.(2001). Η Λειτουργική Ανατομική των Αρθρώσεων, Τόμος 1 & 2: Άνω & Κάτω άκρα. ΙατρικέςΕκδόσειςΠ.Χ. Πασχαλίδης, Αθήνα (Functional Anatomy of Joints, Vol 1&2: Upper & Lower Limbs)
  4. HamiltonN. LuttgensK. (2003). Κινησιολογία. Επιστημονική βάση της ανθρώπινης κίνησης Εκδ. Παρισιάνου, Αθήνα (Kinesiology, Scientific Base of Human Movement)
  5. Smith L. Weiss E Lehmkuhl. (2005). Brunnstrom's ΚλινικήΚινησιολογίαΕκδ. ΠαρισιάνουΑθήνα (Brunnstrom’s Clinical Kinesiology)



Kinesiology II assessment of theory 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 5 ECTS credits. 

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