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What is biomechanics and who can benefit from biomechanical analysis?

What is Biomechanics?

Biomechanics is the science concerned with the internal and external forces acting on the human body and the effects produced by these forces. More specifically, Biomechanics is the study of human movement and describes the forces which cause this movement.

What is the role of Biomechanics?

Biomechanics can play a crucial role in both injury prevention as well as performance enhancement. It is important for athletes of all ages and skill levels to understand the importance of education to develop proper mechanics. Education can come in multiple forms, but with the emphasis on the visual learner in today’s society, visual feedback is one of the most effective ways to modify an athlete’s technique and allow them to perform at the most efficient level possible. An athlete’s ability to perform efficiently and injury free are two key features in performance outcome and can both be improved with Biomechanical analysis.

Who can benefit from Biomechanical Analysis?

Biomechanical analysis can benefit athletes of all ages and skill levels. Whether you are a weekend runner or a high performance sprinter, biomechanical analysis can be beneficial to you as it will allow you the opportunity to develop more efficient movement patterns. This can benefit the weekend runner by allowing them to increase their distance and run pain free, while the high performance sprinter can benefit from a more efficient running stride and allow them to shave milliseconds of off their personal best time.

How to get the most out of your biomechanics sessions?

Biomechanics and video analysis specifically works best when the athlete makes use of multiple video analysis sessions. The theory behind multiple video analysis sessions comes from scientific research using pre testing, intervention and post testing. During a Biomechanics session, our Biomechanist will break down the video and make recommendations on how to improve your performance. This will be the pre-test portion of the experiment. Following the initial filming session, you will have the opportunity to make the necessary adjustments to your mechanics and work closely with our team of exercise therapists in order to correct your movement pattern. This will be the intervention portion of the experiment. Lastly, the athlete will undergo post testing where another video analysis session will be performed in order to determine the outcome of the intervention. During the second filming session, our Biomechanist will perform a pre and post test comparison in order to determine the effectiveness of the intervention. This cycle is important in creating good results as it will allow the athlete to not only see, but feel how the correct movement pattern should be performed.