MOTION MATTERS! GEOFFREY DYSON LECTURE 2016

Patria Hume

Abstract


Being able to move effectively is fundamental to quality of life. Understanding the mechanisms of injury and risk factors, and introducing interventions to reduce inappropriate forces, are key to being a successful sports injury biomechanist. Applied research in rugby, rowing and other sports, where the gap between biomechanics research and practice has been bridged, is outlined. The use of sports technology developments to answer athlete focused and coach driven questions is described. Translation of biomechanics knowledge into Sportsmart and its derivative programmes has provided practical information for coaches and athletes, helped change attitudes and behaviours towards injury prevention and helped reduced injuries. Take home messages for biomechanists on why motion matters are provided based on my career and life experience learnings.

Keywords


injury biomechanics; sports performance; rugby; rowing; gymnastics; technology

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ISSN 1999-4168