Biomechanical Analysis and Performance Care

Use it to improve your performance!

The more effective your body biomechanics are, the less energy you will expend, and the better your body will perform.

Performance care acts to improve an athlete’s performance in his or her chosen sport. Subtle or gross changes in the physiology of an athlete’s body can have tremendous impact on the time and effort required to perform an activity.

Difficult training regimes, repetitive motions (swimming, running, cycling), and overworked muscles all place a great deal of stress on an athlete’s body.

Repetitive motion, constant tension, and pressure often result in inflammation and swelling of soft tissue. The body responds to this inflammation by laying down scar tissue (cross fibers across the tissue) in an attempt to stabilize the affected area. This scar tissue:

  • Restricts motion
  • Reduces circulation
  • Inhibits nerve function
  • Causes ongoing friction and pressure
  • Results in the production of yet more cross fibers and adhesions across inflamed soft tissues

Consider the basic biomechanics of how our body performs. Our bodies are designed to work in balance – every time a group of muscles contracts to perform an action, an opposing group of muscles (antagonists) must relax and lengthen. These muscles can only contract as forcefully as their antagonist can relax.

For example, the quadriceps muscle can contract more quickly if the hamstring muscle group is able to easily lengthen and relax. Without the lengthening of the antagonist, we lose our power, balance, and endurance. We become susceptible to injury, and we waste our energy.


Improving Your Running Performance with Biomechanical Analysis Back to Top

Running injuries are commonly attributed to faulty biomechanics and errors in training methods.

Faulty training techniques include:

  • The rapid build up of mileage
  • Running on worn-out shoes
  • Ignoring our body’s messages and continuing to run through pain

 

 

Although these important aspects of a running program should be addressed, runners should also consider the cumulative effect that thousands of repetitive motions have on their bodies.

These injuries can be debilitating and result in reduced ability to conduct any physical activities. Traditional treatment techniques often require months to fully resolve injuries to soft tissue.

 

At Kinetic Health we provide you with a means to enhance your running performance by identifying and releasing restrictions that reduce performance and cause injuries.


During our Running Biomechanical AnalysisBack to the Top

During our biomechanical analysis we:

  • Determine which structures are affected along the runner’s kinetic chain. We focus on more than just the chief area of restriction.
  • Identify the antagonistic and synergistic structures (opposing muscle groups) to those that have been identified as the primary structures causing the imbalance.
  • Then treat each soft-tissue dysfunction with the appropriate technique to restore full function to the affected structures.

The result is almost always an improvement in running performance. Using this process, we have helped hundreds of runners achieve their goals and prevented numerous injuries from occurring.


Improving Your Golf Swing with Biomechanical AnalysisBack to the Top

 

Your golf swing is all about proper body mechanics. A good golf swing requires full rotational capacity of nearly every joint involved and must be done – efficiently – easily – explosively – repeatedly. Many swing faults are directly attributable to poor joint mobility, resulting from soft-tissue restrictions.

 

At Kinetic Health, we provide you with a means to enhance your Golf Performance by identifying and releasing restrictions that reduce performance and cause injuries. For example:

  • Tightness in the hip joint rotational muscles places additional strain on the rotational requirements of the shoulder or spine. Often a golfer will compensate by lifting up during the back swing and then chopping down on the ball, resulting in a fat shot.
  • Wrist and elbow injuries often occur when the body does not have the capacity to effectively compensate at either the shoulder or spine. The wrists are then over-used to drive as well as decelerate the golf club.
  • These swing faults are often easily corrected by addressing the physical restriction the golfer has in their body.

Ahmad Bateman….. after receiving ART treatments
PGA and Nationwide Tour Player

  • His best finish on the Nationwide Tour was 1st in 1997 at the NIKE Carolina Classic.
  • He ranks T90th in Par or Better – Current Streak on the Nationwide Tour.

Comment: Wonderful – Look forward to next time. This is something that will really help me. The next day after treatment my back movement was exceptionally free. After each treatment I can feel my range of motion increasing & without the minor soreness.


Dealing with Golf Related InjuriesBack to the Top

In order to effectively balance your muscles and remove joint restrictions, we must first identify your unique pattern of muscle imbalances. By utilizing a series of muscle balance and swing analysis tests, we can identify the exact type, extent, and location of muscle restriction.

We then use ART treatments and follow-up stretches to remove and resolve these restrictions, and then strengthen the muscles with weight training to prevent re-injury.

Richie Coughlan….. after receiving ART treatments
PGA and Nationwide Tour Player

  • His best finish on the PGA TOUR was T9th in 1998 at the B.C. Open.
  • He ranks 71st in Non-Member Earnings on the PGA TOUR.

Comment: Very effective. The ease of movement and rotation after treatment was amazing. My Ball striking today was good and I attribute that to improved range of motion.


During our Golf Biomechanical AnalysisBack to the Top

During our biomechanical golf analysis we:

  • Determine which structures are affected along the the golfer’s kinetic chain. We focus on more than just the chief area of restriction. For example, a golfer with an elbow injury will often have accompanying restrictions in a multitude of soft-tissue structures above and below the elbow.
  • Identify the antagonistic structures (opposing muscle groups) to those that have been identified as the primary structures causing the imbalance. Since function and performance is based upon balance and coordination, an opposing soft-tissue structure is always affected by restrictions in the primary structure.
  • Then treat each soft-tissue dysfunction with the appropriate technique to restore full function to the affected structures.
  • The result is almost always an improvement in golfing performance. Using this process we have helped hundreds of golfers achieve their goals and prevented numerous injuries from occurring.

 


Stretching alone is not enough to release restrictions!Back to the Top

Even individuals such as professional golfers and runners, who are constantly stretching, find it difficult to release soft-tissue adhesions. This is why so many professional and amateur golfers are turning to Active Release Technique (ART), Graston Techniques and Massage to release and remove these restrictions.

Often muscle groups will literally adhere to each other, preventing the sliding necessary for full mobility. During normal stretching, the first tissue that elongates may not be the scar tissue, but the normal healthy tissue.

After the restriction has been removed an effective program of stretching will often be enough to stop the restrictions from returning.

Read Dr. Abelson’s article recently published in Check up Magazine about the Benefits of Stretching.

 


Read our Articles about Golf Swing AnalysisBack to the Top

Read this article…. For information about…
The Kinetic Chain and Golfers Elbow The game of golf only emphasizes one side of the body; either you are a right-handed golfer or a left-hander golfer. This unilateral focus is the cause of numerous injuries. 

 

An efficient golf swing is a great example of power generation. The twisting motion of your body during the golf swing produces an amazing amount of torque and rotational force. 

 

The Address Phase is the initial starting position for a golf swing. Common biomechanical issues that I often see are 

:Shoulders Rolled Forward, Lack of Knee Flexion, Lack of Ankle Flexion

The Takeaway phase involves moving from the Address position into the Backswing position. This phase is essentially the coiling of the upper body into a position where it can store energy for quick release. 

 

The Forward-Swing Phase involves moving from the Backswing, through the Down-Swing, into the Horizontal-Club position. During this phase, the right-handed golfer starts to uncoil the upper body while beginning to rotate the trunk in a counter-clockwise direction. 

 

The Follow-Through phase begins with ball contact. During this phase your body rotates to the left with your spine acting as the central axis of rotation. 

 

Even more important than strength or flexibility is your kinematic sequence. This is often the determining factor in your club-head speed. This firing sequence controls your ability to accelerate and decelerate properly

KINETICHEALTH

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Kinetic Health
Soft Tissue Mgt. Systems
10–34 Edgedale Drive NW
Calgary, AB T3A 2R4, Canada
p | 403-241–3772
f | 403-241–3846
e | reception@kinetichealth.ca

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