Applied Biomechanics 1 – a multifaceted approach to answering human movement questions with objective data

Applied Biomechanics 1 – a multifaceted approach to answering human movement questions with objective data

Part 1 of a webinar series designed to survey biomechanics; starting with its core components of kinematics, kinetics, and neuromuscular activation and progressing to their application within research and industry. 

In Session 1 of this webinar series sponsored by NORAXON USA, John Cockroft and Coleman Bessert review the basic principles of biomechanics and how the study of human movement has evolved over time. Presenters highlighted examples in applied kinematics, applied kinetics and applied neuromuscular/motor control and demonstrate how methodologies vary depending on the field of study or area of expertise. Both researchers and applied practitioners will appreciate that technology advancements and integration afford true data collection and analysis of natural movement, a critical concept when assessing an individual person; a larger cohort of individuals or a group of subjects.

Key topics covered during this webinar include…

  • biomechanics principles and the evolution of the study of human motion
    (get a refresher on anatomy, mechanics and physiology)
  • kinetics (force or physics of motion), kinematics (geometry of motion), and neuromuscular activation (movement)
  • understanding and assessing a research hypothesis and clinical challenge around human movement
  • applied biomechanics methodologies, including assessment, biofeedback, rehabilitation and performance evaluation
  • momentum of change, including system integration and mobility advancements in field testing
  • ideal data-set collection strategies and techniques for optimal, time-saving data collection and deeper insight

The following questions are addressed during this webinar…

  • Is my biomechanics lab optimized given rapid advances in technology? 
  • Is there a more efficient way to manage the data collection and analysis process?
  • Do I have the most appropriate tools to make efficient use of time in the lab and optimize my investments?
  • Do I have the right knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of mechanical and physiological data and how to properly employ different methodologies?
  • Are there standards from which I can draw for combining analysis of different data types?

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Dr. John Cockroft, Ph.D.

Managing staff scientist,
Human Motion Analysis Unit,
Central Analytical Facilities
Stellenbosch University

Coleman Bessert

Applied Biomechanist