Biomechanics is the study of the mechanics and other physical aspects of living organisms and their parts. Biomechanics studies the forces that act on limbs, the aerodynamics of bird and insect flight, the hydrodynamics of swimming in fish and locomotion in general across all forms of life, from individual cellss to whole organisms.
The biomechanics of human beings is a core part of kinesiology.
Tensional integrity of biological forms
New research into the strength of biologically formed structures shows a remarkable similarity to the principle of tensegrity. The tensegrity concept states that structures formed with a combination of prestressed and tensioned parts have an overall integrity greater than that found in the sum of their parts. The degree of increased strengh of tensegrity structures depends on the efficacy of their design to of their parts to function, both with each other and within their particular environment.
See also: Biology, Mechanics, Orthosis, Physics, Physiology.
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Cracking the Whip
Article in The New Scientist about the theory that sauropod dinosaurs cracked their tails like whips.
Biomechanical Engineering Division
Information on admissions, degree programs, courses, facilities and laboratories. Stanford University, U.S.
Biomechanics World Wide
A collection of links on biomechanics topics.
Biomechanics and Structural Integration
An attempt to educate the community of structural integration (rolfing) practitioners about the benefits of biomechanics.
Current research into the biomechanics of fossil sea scorpions (eurypterids).
Human Biomechanics Course
Lecture and laboratory notes, assignments, interactive simulations, and related links. St. Francis Xavier University, Canada.
International College of Biomechanics
Provides practical training in assessment procedures and treatments. Contains list of courses. New South Wales, Australia.
Biomechanics Classes on the Web
A resource for faculty and students who are interested in biomechanics classes. Includes information on animal biomechanics, biomedical engineering, and related subjects, plus textbooks and related links.
Cummings Engineering - Specializing in Biomechanics
Consulting firm specializing in biomechanics, accident reconstruction, animation and exhibit preparation for plaintiff and defense attorneys including criminal and insurance companies.
Department of Materials and Medical Sciences
Academic and service departments, details of biomaterials workshops at Cranfield University, England.