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Human Performance, Performance | May 11, 2020
Cat Shin of the English Institute of Sport explains how leveraging the science of human movement can help your team to redefine what it takes to win.

“Everyone is using biomechanics every day,” says Cat Shin, the Biomechanics Project Lead at the English Institute of Sport [EIS].


By John Portch

“If you’re looking at, say, technique or injury prevention, you’re looking at biomechanics, whether you call it that or not.”

It is an essential field in this multidisciplinary era: “a biomechanist is part-physicist, part-data scientist, part-performance analyst, part-S&C, part-physio, part-coach. Or put another way, all of those roles are part-biomechanists.”

Shin, who joined the EIS in her newly-created role in 2018, also delves into:

– Her department’s efforts to deliver biomechanics support to those EIS sports where it is not embedded [4:00];

– Understanding the individual athlete and challenging long-held beliefs in the pursuit of optimal performance [12:00];

– The impact of language on your effectiveness as a biomechanist and the importance of pilot testing [21:00];

– How those receptive sports are adapting their philosophies to include evidence-based technical models [24:00].

Further listening:

At Home With Leaders – Sir Dave Brailsford

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