Essentially, biomechanics is a field of study which aims to explain how we use our body for physical activity, and how we move at every level. It’s a subset of kinesiology. In fact, those who study kinesiology often take various biomechanical courses. The same is frequently true for physical therapists, massage therapists, and other professions which deal with movement and the muscles and bones.
Biomechanics involves examining and analysing the body in order to draw conclusions, and discover more about movement. As such, biomechanics is the foundation upon which we can analyse sports-related injury, and discover how to perform at one’s best. It is concerned with the positioning of each individual part in an exercise, how we generate force, and the role of the muscles in the action.
For example, the golf swing can be broken down into how you adjust your elbow or wrist position. A sprinter’s starting position can also be examined in a similar way. This is biomechanics in action.
And it’s been around for a long time. Interestingly, Aristotle is considered the first ever bio-mechanic. He primarily worked with animal anatomy. While looking at these animals, Aristotle examined the variances between actually performing an action versus only imagining performing that action. Others continued with his work and also pursued interest in the human body and how it moves.
It can also come in handy for designing sports equipment. Whether it’s making the gear more ergonomic, aerodynamic, or giving it greater grip, biomechanics can help the athlete up their game. For instance, during running, a runner’s stance contributes to the efficiency of the movement. This can be adjusted and perfected accordingly to create more force and can be determined even based on a runner’s shoe. Everything in the body is connected – as individuals who study biomechanics know. Thus, even a small aspect, such as the right shoe, can impact the runner’s gait.
Lastly, when it comes to sports, an important role of biomechanics is to assess injuries, and suggest ways to prevent them. For example, if a light shoe is more likely to hurt an ankle due to the force with which it hits the ground, then a heavier shoe becomes the preferred option.
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