In all competitive sports, biomechanics is a major determinant in performance. More specifically, if the athlete has linear mechanics, they are able to reach their full potential in performance, strength and endurance. If, on the other hand, the athlete has torsional mechanics, their performance will suffer, regardless of their committment and/or training schedule.
This section includes examples of athletes with and without linear mechanics. One can quickly see the impact torsional mechanics has on performance.
A good mechanical analogy is: A car's suspension (body's alignment) problems can lead to tire (joint) failure (arthrits):
Correct posture maintains correct alignment of the weight-bearing joints.
Correct alignment of the weight bearing joints maintains linear mechanics.
Linear mechanics optimizes performance (strength and durability) in all sports.
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Figure 1 - Uneven tire wear pattern secondary to suspension problem
Improving Performance by Optimzing Biomechanics