Biomechanics: What Is It and What Are the Benefits?

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. 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. [1]

Benefits of proper biomechanics

  • Develops efficient movement patterns whether on the field of play or during resistance training
  • Improves sport-specific technique and form to enhance performance and minimize injury
  • Develops proper habits, ensuring that the athlete is able to develop in the long term [2]

Understanding proper sport and exercise movements will allow the participant to be more efficient, technically sound and prone to good habits for long-term development. An athlete who incorporates proper biomechanics ensures that he or she minimizes the risk of becoming injured, enabling them to pursue their potential to its highest level. [2]

Here at Synergy, we utilize proper biomechanics in our many different training programs. Our Body Armour program aims to prevent common injuries among all athletes. Our Premier Speed Clinic is for any athlete looking to increase their strength and speed. Our sport-specific programs like our Premier Hockey Training program focuses on improving common weaknesses in hockey players.

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[1] http://www.makingstridz.com/node/16

[2] http://sircsportresearch.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-importance-of-proper-biomechanics.html#axzz4kjY85zuW