What is biomechanics?

What is biomechanics?

Biomechanics is the study of the human body and how it moves in mechanical terms.
The science is divided into two areas of study: extrinsic and intrinsic Biomechanics.

Extrinsic Biomechanics looks at movements, the measurement of those movements or tasks, and then establishes the most efficient way to maximise those movements and ultimately improve sports performance; it is an important science that is relevant to any sport, fitness or work-related physical conditioning. 

Intrinsic Biomechanics, on the other hand, is the study of how the body is able to perform those tasks or movements in relation to the individual’s mechanical make-up.

What is a biomechanics coach™?

A Biomechanics Coach is trained in intrinsic biomechanics and will be able to perform a
full-body biomechanical screen, establishing any areas of mechanical weakness in an individual.

A fully trained coach can screen the shoulders, spine, pelvis, knees, ankles, nerves and muscles to see if they are functioning correctly; if these are not working to capacity, then a Biomechanics Coach will be able to determine whether that is due to genetic issues or something that is developing due to poor technique, posture problems, inadequate rehabilitation or ergonomic set-up.

Once this has been established, the coach will be able to prescribe an exercise programme to help eradicate the problems identified and the client will usually return to be periodically
re-tested. This enables progress to be evaluated and the programme modified accordingly. Biomechanics can also help with injury prevention.

Why consult a biomechanics coach™?

Recurrent injury If the client has a recurrent injury, a Biomechanics Coach will be able to determine whether there are any biomechanical problems that may be causing it to occur repeatedly; a series of exercises would then be prescribed to help minimise the risk of recurrence.

Pain when exercising If the client experiences pain when running, sitting at a desk or working in the gym, a biomechanics coach can establish whether that pain has a biomechanical cause and prescribe remedial exercises; however, Biomechanics Coaches would not diagnose or treat injuries unless they have a therapy or medical qualification.

Optimal performance If the client is unable to perform a particular sporting or physical
task, and has no obvious solution, a Biomechanics Coach’s role is to advise if the cause is biomechanical in nature, and then prescribe corrective exercises for strength conditioning.

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