DBC Level One

 

DBC Level One is an introductory course to the scientific field of Biomechanics. Many degree programs offer an “Introduction to Biomechanics” course but like all introductory science courses these courses are severely simplified, intended only to provide an awareness of the field. They use basic algebra and elementary physics to calculate javelin trajectory or the spin of a soccer ball but these significant simplifications, without exposure to the everyday practice often leaves students with the impression that the field is just an extension of physics and only entails calculating useless sports related motions for no apparent reason.

Biomechanics is closely related to engineering, because it often uses traditional engineering sciences to analyze biological systems. Some simple applications of Newtonian mechanics and/or materials sciences can supply correct approximations to the mechanics of many biological systems. Applied mechanics, most notably mechanical engineering disciplines such as continuum mechanics, mechanism analysis, structural analysis, kinematics and dynamics play prominent roles in the study of biomechanics. [1]

If you look into a university biomechanics program you will discover that the biomechanics courses are part of the Mechanical Engineering Department and that a biomechanics major takes the same mathematics, physics, and mechanical engineering courses as their prerequisites before moving on to the biological sciences.

The purpose of the DBC Level One course is to expose the participants to what goes on in biomechanics in the real world and the reasons it is so important to the health, fitness, medical, and athletic performance industries.

Biomechanics literature is written in very concise scientific terminology and often accompanied by post calculus equations.  A problem we find outside of biomechanics is that terminology used in the higher levels of mathematics, physics, and engineering doesn’t often have the same definition or meaning in medicine, science, and common language. The scientific method of detailed qualitative analysis is taught and practiced seven times on the General Motor Programs of squatting, lunging, bending, pushing, pulling, twisting, and gait. Students will leave the course capable of performing a basic qualitative analysis, performing scientific literature searches, and hands on experience teaching and correcting movements we use every day in the gym. Students will also be shown how to qualify authors and their research on their own avoiding common pitfalls of integrating inaccurate/suspect information into their training.

There are no prerequisites in order to attend the course. No calculations will be done.  However, the course is intended for experienced trainers and medical professionals. It is not an entry level course to become a trainer unless you have background in STEM.

Holzapfel, Gerhard A.; Ogden, Ray W. (2009-06-05). Biomechanical Modelling at the Molecular, Cellular and Tissue Levels. Springer Science & Business Media. ISBN 9783211958759.