This workshop is an ideal introduction to musculoskeletal anatomy and basic physiology of the human body. The musculoskeletal system is made up of bones, muscles, cartilage, tendons, ligaments and other connective tissues. This system provides form, stability and movement to the human body. Physiology is the study of the functions of the human body structures.

Participants will learn about the different muscles in the body as well as information on its joint crossings, associated body actions, blood supply, controlling nerves, and insertion and origin. They will also be introduced to the relationship of muscle orientation and function to movements.

This workshop is useful for athletes, coaches, massage therapists or anyone requiring an understanding of how the musculoskeletal system works.

The course will be covered over three 4-hour sessions:

  1. Session 1 – Upper Limb
  2. Session 2 – Trunk
  3. Session 3 – Lower Limb

Upper Limb

  • Introduction, basics, terminology, planes, axes, anatomic regions
  • Nature of bones, types, make-up, parts, types of joints, characteristics of joints
  • Cartilage—types and nature
  • Types of muscle, muscle fiber arrangement, types of contraction
  • Structure and musculature of the shoulder girdle
  • Structure and musculature of the elbow
  • Structure and musculature of the wrist


  • Nature of bones, types, make-up, parts, bone growth, overview bone formation and remodeling
  • Structure and musculature of the spine
  • Structure and musculature of the pelvis

 Lower Limb

  • Muscle fiber arrangement, roles in which muscles can act, muscle contraction, types of contraction
  • Structure and musculature of the hip
  • Structure and musculature of the kneeStructure and musculature of the ankle and foot

Course notes will be provided. For participants that wish to have an Anatomy text-book for reference, we recommend Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology (8th Edition) by by Frederic H. Martini & Judi L. Nath. (click for review).

About the Lecturer

Shiek Abdullah graduated with a Bachelor of Health Science (Physiotherapy) from the University of Sydney in 2003 and completed his Master in Manual Therapy from the University of Western Australia in 2006. Shiek is an associate lecturer with MDIS teaching anatomy and physiology since 2007. He has also been active in teaching and giving talks to healthcare professionals, members of the public and students.

Course Date and Venue

Course title:Anatomy and Physiology
Date: 23 & 30 May and 6 June 2009
Time: 1pm-5pm
Venue: Singapore Management University
Fees: S$400 per person
Closing date for registration: 1 May 2009
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