What are the Physiology & Biomechanics of Load Carriage Performance?

Research Paper Title The Physiology and Biomechanics of Load Carriage Performance. Background The weight that soldiers are required to carry in training and in combat has continually increased over the years. Changes in load carried or pace of activity will alter the physiological and biomechanical stress associated with the activity. Whether it is part of… Read More

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Sportswear Gets a Robotic Upgrade

Walking and running have fundamentally different biomechanics, which makes developing devices that assist both gaits challenging. Kim and colleagues show that a portable exosuit that assists hip extension can reduce the metabolic rate of treadmill walking at 1.5 meters per second by 9.3% and that of running at 2.5 meters per second by 4.0% compared… Read More

Gait Biomechanics: Energy Harvesting Assault Pack vs Standard Assault Pack

Research Paper Title Spatiotemporal and kinematic changes in gait while carrying an energy harvesting assault pack system. Background Soldiers are fielded with a variety of equipment including battery powered electronic devices. An energy harvesting assault pack (EHAP) was developed to provide a power source to recharge batteries and reduce the quantity and load of extra… Read More

4 Orthotic Aids to Help Training

Does your body require a little extra support during training because of a previous fitness injury or biomechanical deficiency? While physical training and strengthening workouts can go a long way to addressing common musculoskeletal (MSK) issues, your efforts may be complemented by a wearable orthotic aid. Check out this quick guide to four orthotic supports… Read More

The Benefits of Understanding Biomechanics for the Fitness Professional & their Clients

Operating an engine beyond its limits is readily observable by the red line displayed on the tachometer of most cars. Similarly, the human body may be loaded beyond the limits of the skeletal system and muscles that act on the moving human frame. Unfortunately, most people are not aware of the mechanical risks of physical… Read More

The Disciplines of Biomechanics & Kinesiology

The disciplines primarily involved in describing and understanding human movement are biomechanics and kinesiology. Fitness professionals teach clients how to perform exercise movements and how to use exercise or rehabilitation equipment. Biomechanics is the study of the motion and causes of motion of living things, using a branch of physics known as mechanics (the study… Read More

The Biomechanics of Lifting & Carrying Objects

Common advice for individuals lifting objects from a standing position includes “keep the back straight” and “lift with the legs.” As a fitness professional, what if your client was to ask for an explanation of this advice? Is this advice correct from a biomechanical perspective? Figure A shows an incorrect method of lifting an object… Read More