Occupational Therapy 610

OCTH 610: Clinical Anatomy and Biomechanics for Occupational Therapy

Prerequisite:  Admission to the MOT program, or permission of the Chair

Credit Hours: (4)

Lecture and laboratory study of surface and regional anatomy for the occupational therapy student.  Emphasis is placed on the clinical and functional significance of the structures and processes being studied, with particular attention to the contributions of each to movement and the performance of everyday occupations.


Detailed Description of Content of the Course

Topics will include:

  • Review of anatomicomedical terminology
  • Introduction to imaging of body systems
  • Surface anatomy, superficial structures and deep structures of the: pelvis, back, lower limb, upper limb, head and neck
  • Correlations with selected medical conditions and diagnostic procedures
  • Biomechanical/kinesiological concepts relevant to the practice of occupational therapy
  • Normal movement of the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand, pelvis and spine, knee, ankle and foot
  • Factors influencing range of motion
  • Factors influencing strength
  • Overview of the biomechanical approach to intervention for structural stability, tissue integrity, range of motion, strength, pain, coordination, endurance


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

Concepts introduced in readings and lecture will be illustrated using videotapes, anatomical models and software.  Students will work with partners to identify anatomical landmarks and analyze movement, and may view prosections of human limbs in the laboratory.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

Students will demonstrate understanding of:

  1. Body structures and functions as they relate to the performance of activities of daily living, work and leisure;
  2. Motor skills (posture, mobility, coordination, strength and endurance) underlying the performance of activities of daily living, work and leisure;
  3. The effects of selected medical conditions on the human body and performance;
  4. The scientific principles of kinesiology and biomechanics relevant to assessing and improving occupational performance;
  5. Motor analysis of occupational tasks;
  6. Principles of body mechanics and injury prevention for health-care professionals.


Assessment Measures

Tests including multiple-choice and essay questions, individual and team projects (e.g., motor analysis of an activity), and skills checkouts, may be used to assess the outcomes of the course.


Other Course Information


Review and Approval

February, 2009