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What is Biomechanics?
Biomechanics is the study of living organisms and how they move in mechanical terms. In relation to people, biomechanics helps us understand why certain movements may be awkward or cause pain, or allows us to improve sports performance.
The science is divided into two areas of study: extrinsic and intrinsic biomechanics.
Extrinsic Biomechanics looks at our actual movements, measures them, then establishes the most efficient way to move for optimum sports performance.
Intrinsic Biomechanics, on the other hand, is the study of how the body is able to perform those movements. It concentrates on the bones, muscles and tendons we use and looks to ensure we have the right balance of strength and flexibility.
What do I do?
As a Biomechanics Coach I am trained in intrinsic biomechanics and will be able to perform a full-body biomechanical screen, establishing any areas of mechanical weakness in an individual.
What can you expect to happen?
In a biomechanic assessment I can screen your shoulders, spine, pelvis, knees, nerves and muscles to see if they are functioning correctly. If not, then I will be able to determine the possible causes. These can range from genetic issues through poor technique or posture problems to inadequate rehabilitation or the ergonomic set-up of your work place or sporting equipment.
Once this has been established, I will be able to prescribe an exercise programme to help eradicate your problems. I would expect that you will return periodically to be re-tested so we can evaluate progress and modify the programme accordingly.
Why consult a biomechanics coach?
- Recurrent injury. If you have a recurrent injury, I 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. If you experience pain, for example when running, sitting at a desk or working in the gym, I can establish whether that pain has a biomechanical cause. If so she can then prescribe remedial exercises to treat the pain.
- Optimal performance If you are looking to improve your performance in a particular sporting or physical task, then I will be able to prescribe tailored exercises to help you achieve your goals.