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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...
Biomechanical Analysis

Biomechanical analysis provides a critical link in understanding the relationship between personal injury and injury-producing events. Whether the events and injuries are minor, as in the case of the low speed automobile impact, or they are sudden, violent and death-producing, the biomechanical analysis can be critical in demystifying the relationship between the event and the damage to human tissue. This is especially true when there are no witnesses or the witness testimony is conflicting.

The basis for all biomechanical analysis is a solid grasp of human structural and functional anatomy. The application of Newtonian physics and the mechanics of materials to the human body, and its various tissue-types, provides the overlay context for matching force and acceleration loading to the potential for damage to human tissues. Through the use of standard research methods, it is often possible to structure the physical evidence in a manner that will produce a clear understanding of an injury-producing event based on evidence and scientific method, even in the absence of accurate witness testimony.

The Analytical Process
It is important that both the biomechanical expert and the party employing the expert have a common understanding of the following questions:
1) What is wanted?
2) What is needed (not necessarily the same as what is wanted)?
3) What is possible?
4) What is necessary?
5) How will the biomechanist answer the previous four questions?

The analytical process begins with a strategic framework for problem solving. A strategic framework provides the basic direction for the inquiry at hand. Before a case data is requested, evidence gathered, sites visited and photographs or measurements taken, a strategy must be identified. The strategic framework provides focus for the biomechanical analysis that will take place.

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