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Who are Biomechanists?
A biomechanist might be an engineer or medical doctor; biomechanics, however, is not within the sole domain of either of these easily recognized professions.
Biomechanical vs. Medical
Biomechanics - the science concerned with the action of forces, internal and external, on the living body. (From Stedman’s Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions)
What is Biomechanics?
The discipline of biomechanics integrates the laws of physics and the working concepts of engineering...
When a Biomechanist can Help
In general, a biomechanist is a useful expert when liability questions involve human motion...
The Dicipline of Biomechanics?

The discipline of biomechanics integrates the laws of physics and the working concepts of engineering to describe the motion of various body segments and the forces acting on these segments. Injury biomechanics then couples the knowledge of force and motion with a thorough understanding of functional human anatomy, human biomechanics and human tissue mechanics to explore the possible relationships between external events and human tissue injury.

Newtonian mechanics, structural and functional human anatomy, human physiology and injury biomechanics including a knowledge of human soft and hard tissue tolerances form the basis for the discipline.

Biomechanics is a scientific discipline which is concerned with our own biological functioning as well as the biological functioning of other species. Human biomechanics focuses on the mechanics of the human system rather than the physiological or biochemical function of humans. However, physiological functioning and biochemical tissue properties are many times important considerations within the discipline of biomechanics.

Human biomechanics research addresses a broad range of topics related to human mechanics. Studies include examining the mechanical function of muscles, connective tissue, cartilage, skin, nerves, bones, joints, and internal organs. Biomechanics research also includes research that is focused on human movement and performance wherein the internal and external forces, moments/torques that produce movement are examined, for example, movement during an automobile accident. Furthermore, biomechanics also addresses internal and external loading and overloading which may sometimes lead to injury of biological tissue(s) or organs. Finally, biomechanics research also includes projects such as the mechanical heart, joint resurfacing and replacement, as well as new work in tissue engineering, and in the development of biomaterials.

At Northstar Biokinetics, Inc. we add the analytical skills and broad-based life experiences necessary to apply biomechanics to real world events. These important factors enable us to apply our education and experience in human functional anatomy and biomechanics to a wide variety of situations where the relationship between human motion, external events (or objects) and human tissue damage are of interest. Finally, we bring the ability to effectively communicate the results of analysis in the courtroom.

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