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What is a biomechanics performance analyst?

Discussion in 'Biomechanics, Sports and Foot orthoses' started by Griff, Jan 8, 2009.

  1. Griff

    Griff Moderator

  2. Ella Hurrell

    Ella Hurrell Active Member

    "A lot of podiatrists use video analysis to look from the knees downwards," says Elle. "But we look at the entire body from your heels to the back of the skull. We then find the cause of the problem and tell clients how to change it."

    Since when have most of us ever just looked below the knee?!!:craig:

    Women are more susceptible to running injuries as they have more joint laxity and tend to pronate – this is where the weight is placed on the outside of the foot.

    Hmmmmm !!!! I look foward to other's comments while I calm down ....
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2009
  3. Griff

    Griff Moderator


    Dont forget this one:

    "Your left knee tracks slightly in a valgus position," she says. "This means that it moves outwards to the left slightly as you run. It's generally caused by tight glutes."

    Count to ten slowly.... ;-)
  4. Ella Hurrell

    Ella Hurrell Active Member

    I missed that little gem -

  5. Oh i liked

    So its just when you're running then ;-). 80%! Well, he is right! Women DO "tend to pronate". They often have blood pressure as well.

    But for real fun go to the website here http://www.strideuk.com/FAQ2.html

    And check out the "what footshape are you" gif in the bottom left. Apparently 75% of the population have a longer 1st toe than second. And 10% have ALL their toes the same length! Don't think i've ever seen that!

    We must all be weird in kent then.

    FHT is foot health therapist i think. Anyone know what PTST is?

  6. Wendy

    Wendy Active Member

    Not sure what PTST is but did like the idea of being able to 'Tune your foot':dizzy:
  7. Griff

    Griff Moderator


    I'm from Kent, and I'm often called wierd, but also do not have a 'polynesian' foot type...

    I have no idea what PTST denotes. A personal training qualification perhaps?
  8. David Smith

    David Smith Well-Known Member


    Pis*ed and dis leg sick (Pis*ed as a Twat Spelling Terrible)

  9. davidh

    davidh Podiatry Arena Veteran

    Nice bit of marketing, but at the end of the day nothing new.

    I didn't see any mention of the skeletally-mature female pelvis being wider than the male pelvis, thus giving a slightly higher average normal knee valgus angle in females........

    I think these two are Personal Trainers out to make a bit of money by tailoring their services to the running market - The Independant was clearly seduced by the promise of a free go on their new gait analysis software.
    Could it possibly all be linked to selling one type of pre-form orthosis?;) - I have my suspicions!

    They come and go - nothing to worry about.
  10. Mitchell P

    Mitchell P Welcome New Poster

    Hi guys,
    I firstly wish to send you my humble apologies, it does appear that as fortunate as we were to have our business mentioned in The Independent, there were a few areas where I must confess were slightly taken out of context. We work closely with podiatrists and have never tried to immitate what you guys actually do. Prior to Biomechanics, my background was sports injury and postural rehabilitation. Over the years that we have worked with sporting individuals, we have recognised the importance of promoting kinetic chain and functional training. And as much as we recognise the importance of podiatry and orthotic therapy, we marely stated to the Independent that our approach is focussed more towards the 'Holistic' angle of rehabilitaion, addressing the body as a whole, and promote more emphasis towards core stability including stretching and strengthening programmes.
    It does appear that we have ruffled the feathers of a few of you, but please recognise that we do have a sincere interest in helping people maximise their performance and keep injury at bay.
    Running as a sport has always played major importance in my life, i still work clinics and have great pride in doing my utmost to help other fellow athletes.

    Mitchell Phillips
  11. davidh

    davidh Podiatry Arena Veteran

    Hi Mitchell,

    Nice post - thanks for taking the time to point out where you and your business are coming from.

    All the best,

  12. Griff

    Griff Moderator

    Hi Mitchell,

    I echo what David has said - thanks for coming on and clarifying things. Look forward to seeing you in some of the future discussions here. Contrary to what you may think we are a nice bunch really - just a bit anal at times. If you think we were a bit harsh then apologies of course - but you should see the stick we give Parish and Bell if you think you got it bad ;-)


  13. admin

    admin Administrator Staff Member

    Ian - that part of your comment jumped out at me and inspired me to find what "being anal" etc actually meant. Its a term we all use a lot, so I checked what Wikipedia had to say about it:

  14. bob

    bob Active Member

    Admin - don't you think that looking up and quoting a section on a definition of 'anal' based on a passing comment in someone's thread that is not entirely related to the original post's subject is being a bit anal? :dizzy:
  15. Jacqui Walker

    Jacqui Walker Active Member

    Perhaps PTST it means Post Traumatic Stress Therapist - if so - think I need one after all this!
  16. Firstly may i add my respects to those offered by my colleagues for having the minerals to come and explain your position.

    The subject of holism is one dear to my heart, as many here will roll their eyes to attest. It is my personal and unsupported view that this has become a rather over used and over valued concept in the last 10 years or so. Holism CAN be a wonderful thing, but then so can reductionism. Sometimes a local injury IS due to muscle sequencing issues arising from core stability issues. Sometimes its just a local injury. I think to be dismissive of either model (as it appears you were, although i appreciate that journalists are quite capable of giving slants to information which were never intended) is an irresponsible thing to do.

    Sometimes it is neccessary to simplify things in order to make them accessable to the public, or even less theoretically minded colleagues. However i think some of the points you made crossed from simplification into being misleading.

    One example is the comment that women "tend to pronate" and that "80% of the population have flat feet". The inference an unitiated person might draw from this is that Pronation is de facto, a bad thing. For those of us who are trying to educate people away from this untruth, a casual comment in the independant can undo much patient effort.

    This, perhaps, is the cause of the feather ruffling you alluded to.

    Kind regards

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