How does understanding intrinsic biomechanics help rehabilitation?
Biomechanics Education - Rachel France
by Rachel Frances Thomson
6M ago
This article will discuss the details of how learning about intrinsic biomechanics can help exercise professionals when working with individuals who have finished their rehabilitation, post injury. We may have specialist skills in working with individuals with long term conditions who require rehabilitative type programming. Therefore a deeper understanding of anatomy and movement can be helpful and found through learning about the application of intrinsic biomechanical principles.    What is rehabilitation? Rehabilitation is defined as “a set of interventions designed to optim ..read more
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How can Biomechanics affect mobility?
Biomechanics Education - Rachel France
by Rachel Frances Thomson
6M ago
Moving is becoming less necessary for our daily requirements. Food can be ordered from phones, travel can be achieved by cars and public transport, messages can be sent from laptops, and we can video call to ‘see’ someone. While advances in technology may be good in many ways, they are also resulting in us moving and loading our bodies far less.  We might question why less movement is a bad thing since it’s a natural response to reserve energy. However, the body’s subsystems, bones, muscles and nerves, require stimulus and load to maintain tolerance for when we do need to load them. Let’s ..read more
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Biomechanics of lifting: A guide for PTs & Strength Coaches
Biomechanics Education - Rachel France
by Rachel Frances Thomson
9M ago
Introduction    Today we will discuss the basics of understanding lifting biomechanics for personal trainers and strength coaches. The role of a personal trainer and strength coach is to coach lifting technique, so enhancing our understanding of lifting biomechanics will contribute to our programme design and may offer up more ideas for creativity, longevity, regressions and progressions.        What is biomechanics?   Biomechanics can be described as the study of human movement, focusing on how external forces act upon the neuro-musculoskeletal systems. This ..read more
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Question…Could using machines differently hold an advantage?
Biomechanics Education - Rachel France
by Rachel Frances Thomson
1y ago
Ever used a gym machine in a different way because you noticed the pulley system, fulcrum, angles were just right for a move it wasn’t designed for?  While there are safety factors ​to take into account, we can still use our understanding of anatomy and human biomechanics to take advantage of the machines mechanical system for alternative adaptations or additions to their purpose. As I travel the UK sharing the intrinsic biomechanics education programmes with other movement practitioners I frequent various gyms all of the time. One of my very favourite things is look ..read more
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Question…Could using machines differently hold an advantage?
Biomechanics Education - Rachel France
by Rachel Frances Thomson
1y ago
Ever used a gym machine in a different way because you noticed the pulley system, fulcrum, angles were just right for a move it wasn’t designed for?  While there are safety factors ​to take into account, we can still use our understanding of anatomy and human biomechanics to take advantage of the machines mechanical system for alternative adaptations or additions to their purpose. As I travel the UK sharing the intrinsic biomechanics education programmes with other movement practitioners I frequent various gyms all of the time. One of my very favourite things is look ..read more
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Elevate 2023: Intrinsic Biomechanics – The Missing Piece of the Jigsaw for PTs?
Biomechanics Education - Rachel France
by Rachel Frances Thomson
1y ago
What an exhilarating event… yet again!  Elevate was a fantastic two days of talks, networking and gaining insights into what is happening in our sector.    The Future Fit group were once again Elevate’s Education Partner and wow some of the talks on the Thought Leaders stage were really fascinating this year. It was so great to see some of my Biomechanics Coaches there too.    ‘Intrinsic Biomechanics – The missing piece of the jigsaw for PTs?’ was the title of my session. I named it this because this is what all my learners feedback to me after they experience our face ..read more
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How to become an advanced personal trainer
Biomechanics Education - Rachel France
by Rachel Frances Thomson
1y ago
Introduction    The aim of this Juicemail is to better understand what elements contribute to making you into an advanced personal trainer.    Did you know personal trainers are often the first practitioners an individual will approach when they have a health goal or a low grade ache or niggle? Yet personal trainers are the only human movement practitioners not taught MSK screening skills as a compulsory part of their training. So we lack the confidence to advise these clients beyond referring them to a clinician.    Here at Biomechanics Education our team have sp ..read more
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How does understanding intrinsic biomechanics improve overall health & wellbeing?
Biomechanics Education - Rachel France
by Rachel Frances Thomson
1y ago
Introduction    If you use a search engine to look up the term ‘biomechanics’ most, if not all, of the information that pops up will be related to sports & performance.   However what we would like to highlight within this blog is how a better understanding of this science both extrinsically & intrinsically can help movement/exercise coaches & trainers improve the overall health & wellbeing of every single client.   What is health & wellbeing?     The World Health Organisation constitution states: “Health is a state of complete physical, menta ..read more
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What is the difference between extrinsic biomechanics & intrinsic biomechanics?
Biomechanics Education - Rachel France
by Rachel Frances Thomson
1y ago
Introduction  As we have discussed in previous blogs the science of movement known as biomechanics is a very big subject that can be quite complex. Within this blog we will break it down further to discuss 2 fields of biomechanics, how they differ, how they influence each other and how the science can often be misunderstood.    What is extrinsic biomechanics?   While both extrinsic and intrinsic biomechanics are about understanding how to improve performance and risk of injury, extrinsic biomechanics is more specifically what we can see when our client performs a movement b ..read more
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How can you get a job in biomechanics?
Biomechanics Education - Rachel France
by Rachel Frances Thomson
1y ago
Introduction    Working in the field of biomechanics has historically required extremely high level degree training. Yet the basic principles of intrinsic biomechanics can be simple to learn, and in particular to apply, for a movement practitioner without ever going to university or doing a degree.   The subject matters within the science of human movement (biomechanics) means that by definition anyone who works with human bodies would benefit from a deeper understanding of biomechanics and in particular, intrinsic biomechanics.    Jobs could range from becoming a Biom ..read more
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