What is a Biomechanics Coach?
Biomechanics is the analysis of movement and can be split into 2 categories:
Extrinsic – The study of movement and forces using observation. For example, looking at squat technique using a camera. Technique is then corrected based on what we believe to be the most superior anatomical form for that movement.
Intrinsic – The assessment of internal structures that affect the body’s movement patterns. For example, looking at how someone’s leg-length discrepancy can explain poor squatting technique. The body is a master of compensation and intrinsic factors may go undetected with an extrinsic assessment.
What do I do?
The Body Mechanic provides a means to assess your current state of function.
I assess the body’s individual structures, such as the pelvis, spine, shoulders, knees and feet, and screen the major muscles, nerves and bone structures that are known through evidence to cause abnormal function.
Examining your Intrinsic Biomechanics, I can assess things such as potential risk of injury, performance limiters such as muscles not working properly and ones that are working too hard. I can also look at your training programme and see where you could be causing more problems than doing good.
Why does biomechanics matter?
Statistics show that around:
• 60% of knee and foot problems can be associated with the pelvis.
• 91% of subjects with ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injuries presented with abnormal pelvic biomechanics.
What does this all mean? Compensation! The body (in all its wisdom) is compensating for intrinsic factors. This places abnormal load on to one joint, muscle or nerve and over time this can lead to damage.
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Areas of specialism include • Back Pain • Hip and Groin Pain • Performance Gains • Injury Prevention • Specialist Resistance Training • Running and Foot Mechanics