Sports Biomechanist

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Sports Biomechanist

A sport biomechanist has the ability improve overall performance of all types of athletes. One significant benefit that sports biomechanics constantly draw attention to is improving technique. Whether a sport biomechanist is assisting a pitcher to increase velocity on their fastball or improving a soccer player’s ability to kick, they are constantly contributing to the world of sports. Sports biomechanists additionally incorporate preventing injuries into their research. They realize how critical it is to take their findings and help ensure safety for athletes of all sports. Sports biomechanics helps to reach greater fitness gains in strength, cardiovascular fitness, and flexibility. Studying sport biomechanics allows for athletes to understand the way their body reacts to different types of exercise intensities, angles, and positions. Sports biomechanists possess the knowledge for athletes to make maximum gains in shortest and safest way.

Career SettingMost biomechanists work in research facilities at universities. Some work for companies that manufactures sports equipment and others are consultants for professional athletes. Job PlacementThere are no statistics on this field of work. However it is an up and coming field so that is a good outlook for anyone wanting to pursue this career path.

Sports BiomechanistAustin Gibbs ' Elizabeth O'GradyDr. Bush-WallaceHES172-02Fall 2014

Educational RequirementsA minimum of master’s degree is required to work in a lab. Undergraduate degrees can be in basic sciences, engineering, or kinesiology. The graduate program will focus in biomechanics. A Ph.D. is needed to work as a professional (senior researcher) biomechanists. A sports background is also very useful. The average undergraduate education at a private school is $114,000. For a masters degree in kinesiology it would cost $80,000 (2 years). Plus the GREs in needed for entrance into graduate school and that cost $195. For a doctorate degree in biomechanics it could take anywhere between 3 and 5 years which adds on a minimum of $120,000. Certifications/Licenses/National ExamsThere are no certifications, exams, or licenses necessary for this field.

Benefits

The career as a Sports Biomechanist is one that is extremely interactive. It provides people a great opportunity to apply the laws of mechanics and physics to sport. This particular career seems to be an ideal fit for people interested in athletic performance and the human body. Biomechanics in general appeals to numerous fields of study including Physics, Math, Biology, and Human Performance. Coaches and athletes should consider broadening their knowledge in the field of biomechanics because of its potential to help individual and team performance. A person that pursues a career in sport biomechanics will have a remarkable understanding of how to develop efficient sport techniques. Overall, Sport Biomechanics is not a popular field to pursue because of its abnormal techniques. However, with the advancement of technology Sport Biomechanics has the potential to develop into a prominent field of work.

Conclusion

Salary Average pay is $54,953/year as of 2007. According to another website average salary is $62,050/year as of 2010 in the generalized field of kinesiology. Naturally the more education one has the higher their salary so a senior researcher with a Ph.D. will be making more than a general research tech with a masters degree.Career AdvancementsBeing a senior researcher in a facility is the highest one can go. However one can change ‘directions’ throughout their career. Instead of working in a lab they can decide to consult with professional athletes, this may include a pay raise but is not necessarily a step up. Continued EducationThere are no specific continued education requirements for Sports biomechanists. A Sports biomechanist that has a PhD and is a senior researcher is not required to continue their education, but a majority chooses to attend conferences and join national biomechanic organizations. The International Society of Biomechanics in Sports is a renowned organization that hosts conferences and publishes a newsletter. There are many other organizations similar to this one that work to keep their members and society up to date with the world of sports biomechanics.

ChallengesList some negatives or challenges that are associated with this career in which a person must deal with? The biggest challenge within the sports biomechanics field is the constant influx of new technology. Sports Biomechanists work diligently to further their research through new methods that will be applicable to the latest technology.

Career OverviewBiomechanics is a subfield of kinesiology. Biomechanists study the movement of the body. Sports biomechanists specifically work with athletes to analyze their body motions to then further conduct experiments on aspects of their training- making them hit better, run faster, or kick harder.


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