Vicon is a proud sponsor of National Biomechanics Day. This year we are celebrating with an interview series called "Q&A with a Vicon Biomechanist". Read on to find out more about one of our Senior Application Engineers.
Felix, Senior Application Engineer - 6 years at Vicon
What is your profession within Biomechanics?
Senior Applications Engineer at Vicon Motion Systems
How did you get interested in Biomechanics?
I had just finished my third year of undergraduate studies in 2003, studying Mechanical Engineering. I can’t say that it was the best choice for me at the time, but I was determined to at least get the degree and then further my education elsewhere. I happened to turn on the TV to TSN (Canadian counterpart to ESPN) and they were running a special on the (interesting) throwing mechanics of Barry Zito, then a pitcher for the Oakland Athletics. To help analyze his movements, he was wearing a suit with huge marker balls attached – they must have been 25 mm! At the time, I didn’t even know that was something people studied scientifically! For my final year of my undergraduate degree, I chose courses that could get me closer to that field and the rest was history. I went on to get an MSc in Sports Biomechanics and a PhD in Sports Engineering/Biomechanics.
Favorite aspect of working in Biomechanics?
One of my favorite hobbies is both playing and coaching volleyball. I love being able to apply knowledge learned in biomechanics to improve not only performance but efficiency and injury prevention as well.
Advice for people looking to study/work in Biomechanics?
Try to find something in your life that you can apply your biomechanics knowledge to – whether it be playing sports, lifting weights or even just walking. I think it will make your thirst for that knowledge greater and you’ll start to become more inquisitive in the field!
As a fun activity, take two separate videos of you and a friend completing the same simple task (e.g. a push-up). Did you execute it the same way? If not, why not? And so begins your love affair with Biomechanics!