bi·o·me·chan·ics : the study of the mechanical laws relating to the movement or structure of living organisms
Biomechanics investigates the broad expanse of biology in the physical world and it makes substantial contributions to basic biology and physics, medicine and health, human and animal movement and performance, biomedical engineering, prosthetics and human-machine interactions, among many other endeavors.
The Next Generation: National Biomechanics Day hopes to expand the influence and impact of biomechanics on our society. By teaching young people about biomechanics the goal is to expand the number of people entering the field of biomechanics and create more career opportunities. Careers in biomechanics will vary greatly and may include theoretical biomechanics science and the practical application of biomechanics in commercial, medical, industrial, and other settings.
DTS is proud to again sponsor National Biomechanic Day and the inspiration that it brings to students around the world. It’s a great entry point and exposure to the work that DTS has done over the last three decades in injury biomechanics. Biomechanics has been foundational for the development of the miniature 6DOF DDR recorder embedded in NFL football mouthguards to help track and improve player safety on the field. Groundbreaking research was also key for the development of the U.S. Army WIAMan Blast Manikin. Officially known as the Warrior Injury Assessment Manikin, the ‘human response’ of WIAMan is based on extensive biomechanics and cadaveric research done in partnership with top universities throughout the country. Each university focused on key injury areas primarily in the lower extremities like the spine, pelvis and feet to create predictable under-body blast (UBB) patterns.
“It’s a great entry point and exposure to the work that DTS has done over the last three decades in injury biomechanics.”
Diversity & Inclusion: National Biomechanics Day has had tremendous success in reaching diverse and underserved populations and has enacted extensive initiatives to expand this success. Among these initiatives are grant programs for Women in Biomechanics and Black Biomechanists, repeated from 2021 and new this year, programs for disabled biomechanists and members of the LatinX in biomechanics group. NBD has had excellent success in reaching diverse and varied groups around the world and we will continually expand this effort. As we say, Biomechanics is for everyone.
DTS salutes and celebrates National Biomechanics Day and the contributions of the many biomechanists around the world. To learn more about National Biomechanics Day and the participating laboratories, universities and high schools, visit The Biomechanics Initiative Sponsors.
An intrepid group of DTS employees, officially dubbed team “Dapper Dummies,” ran the 190 Mile Ragnar Road So Cal Relay Race
Organizational Announcement in Vishay Precision Group / Measurement Systems / DTS
Test manikins have come a long way. Anthropomorphic test devices, or ATDs, put themselves on the line each time we need their help. And that’s just what they’re designed for.