So you’ve clicked on the explanation link of what a Biomechanist actually is, and you’re also aware, there are presently only 18 of them in the entire UK, and they’re far more highly qualified than personal trainers. http://www.northstarbiokinetics.com/articles/what_is_biomechanist.htm
You’ll know that Alan has 47 years in his field, with GPs, Physios, Pilates teachers and Personal Trainers amongst his clients, plus he’s personally recommended by Oxford University’s Kadoorie Professor of Trauma Rehabilitation Professor Sallie Lamb, as well as being the only Biomechanist anywhere, who also has a double first degree in Nutrition amongst his qualifications.
But what does all that mean for you as an individual, if you’re looking for guaranteed safe one to one attention and 100% reliable, exercise – fitness/injury and nutritional guidance, especially if you have medical considerations. Read on.
Physiotherapists compared to Biomechanists.
Physios certainly do valuable work, but are trained in Rehabilitation/Healing Biomechanics; having no Fitness & Exercise Biomechanics training in their degree; so if they decide they want to go into exercise and fitness or call themselves ‘Sports Physios’, they have to study this aspect of Biomechanics and learn it themselves after qualifying. A Biomechanist is trained in pure Biomechanics which covers all aspects of Human Movement including fitness and injury, so consequently, Biomechanists are a one stop professional for both Exercise/Fitness and Injury.
Pilates Teachers compared to Biomechanists.
Pilates teachers deal very predominantly with core strength development, with the overlying superficial muscles ( ones you can see) significantly less attended to, but in simple fact, Pilates teachers simply don’t have anywhere near the sheer depth and extent of Biomechanics and Human Movement expertise that Biomechanists possess. Remember that the minimum qualification for being a Biomechanist is a Masters Degree, but you can be a fully qualified Pilates teacher after just a 12 week training course. Thanks to their advanced visual analysis skills, Biomechanists can address both the core and superficial muscles in great depth based upon the totally unique individuality of the body before them, and no other person’s anywhere. Pilates personnel simply don’t have this sophisticated expertise, which translates to you being comprehensively and profoundly safe, whilst recovering from illness/injury or getting fit, under a Biomechanist’s guidance.
Personal Trainers compared to Biomechanists.
With all due respect, when it comes to making professional comments here, there truly is no comparison. Alan has assessed 2,648 personal trainers since 2002 and they have very little Biomechanics expertise, with all personal trainer courses being measured in weeks or a few months. Biomechanics takes literally years to learn. As a result, amongst personal trainers, the ability to analyse and assess what physical exercise is personally safe and precisely suitable for the total individuality of the body before them, is quite simply .. not there. Without this expertise, there can be nothing ‘personal’ about whatever exercise/physical guidance is received, and going ahead with what is in truth, just supervised exercise … can often be very precarious in terms of future consequences some way down the line.
Dianna Lloyd-Hughes. BSc.(Hons 1st) Sport & Exercise Science.