As an athlete, you’ve surely heard of sports biomechanics (the application of mechanical laws to living structures) and body mechanics (how the body moves) but most likely you’ve never heard of linear body mechanics. Understanding this concept will greatly help you in your quest for sports performance enhancement.
Let’s start with the definition of ‘anatomical neutral position’. The definition of ‘anatomical neutral position’ is joint congruity, that is, in which the surfaces of a joint are parallel to one another.
Your weight bearing joints (ankles, knees, hips and spine) can move in one of two ways – either symmetrically around their anatomical neutral position or asymmetrically around their anatomical neutral position. I refer to the motion of the joints moving asymmetrically (around their anatomical neutral positon) as torsional body mechanics. I refer to this motion of the joints moving symmetrically (around their anatomical neutral position) as linear body mechanics.
The joints are meant to function symmetrically around their anatomical neutral position. Here they move easily with less energy expenditure, they wear evenly and last longer. In other words, the joints perform at their optimum level.
To a large degree, level of performance in all sports depends on mechanical efficiency and linearity of movement. When all the weight bearing joints in your body function around their anatomical neutral position, your posture will be stable and you’ll be able to generate maximum power.
Having Linear Body Mechanics Is A Boon For Superior Sports Performance
How can you tell when someone has linear body mechanics? It’s easy:
- When you see a person whose head sits directly over their spine (not bent to the side or twisted off center to their spine)
- their shoulders are back (not rounded) their pelvis is straight (as opposed to an anterior pelvic tilt/lordosis),
- their knees are straight (as opposed to knock kneed or bow legged),
- their ankles are straight (not rolled inward or outward)
Basically a person who has good posture is a person whose body is functioning around linear body mechanics. A person with linear body mechanics naturally has more power, strength and endurance and moves with grace and fluidity. They are a joy to watch.
In my blog ‘Cross Country Running – Biomechanics Defines The Difference In Performance’ , looking at the photos of Sarah Baxter and Chelsey Totten, you can easily see that Sarah has linear body mechanics, while Chelsey does not. Sarah’s ankles are straight, her knees are over her feet, her head is over her spine and her shoulders are not twisted. And more importantly, at the end of the race, Sarah is not out of breath (unlike so many other runners).
People with linear body mechanics naturally have less aches and pains in their joints and muscles and seem to go through life avoiding the common chronic aches and pains that most other people have. If they have an injury, they usually recover quickly and without complications. Have you ever seen one of these people blessed with what seems to be a super body? In fact, they are blessed with linear body mechanics.
If you are a person considering an athletic career or a professional athlete seeking sports performance enhancement, look first at your body mechanics: If you have linear body mechanics you’re a jump start ahead of everyone else in your game.
If you’re searching for sports performance enhancement, reading the Curing Chronic Pain website will give you more information about the abnormal foot structures I discovered that can hinder you from achieving your full potential in sports performance and help you to determine whether an Initial Phone Consultation with Professor/Dr. Rothbart might be helpful.
For a more complete explanation of the Rothbarts Foot and PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity, read:
Abnormal Foot Structures That Cause Chronic Pain
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As you learn more about my innovative therapy, you may find that addressing and effectively treating your foot structure may be the missing link to ending your long time battle with unrelenting muscle and joint pain.
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Professor/Dr. Brian A. Rothbart
Chronic Pain Elimination Specialist
Discovered the Rothbarts Foot and PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity
Developer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy
Inventor and Designer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Insoles
Founder of the International Academy RPT