Biomechanical Examinations

Biomechanics is the study of the movement of parts of our body. Biomechanical analysis or examination is an important tool that helps determine the cause of injuries and ways to prevent them. It plays an important role in sports medicine, where physiotherapists analyze various sports to determine safe and effective techniques.

Biomechanical examination involves three general aspects:

  • Subjective or qualitative method: Gait or movement of a patient or athlete during a specific sports activity is observed for gross abnormalities. This assesses an athlete’s skill or quality of a performer. Every movement of the athlete is closely and repeatedly observed on the whole and with regard to individual movements that a particular sport requires.
  • Objective or quantitative method: Specific performance goals are set and numerical variables assigned to each, and the athlete is evaluated based on these values.
  • Predictive analysis: Computer simulation using a computer model of an athlete helps ascertain the outcomes of alterations to a particular sports technique in order to perfect the technique. This helps in enhancing performance.

From this analysis, biomechanical flaws that predispose you to injury can be detected and further information will be provided about why you have pain, why you have developed an injury and how it can be prevented in future. This information guides you and your doctor in identifying a clinical diagnosis, management and injury prevention.