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Felix, Senior Application Engineer
6 years at Vicon
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.
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!