Rider Biomechanics sessions with Ali Lane
Biomechanics is the study of movement and the application of mechanical laws to that movement. It can be split into 2 sub catagories- Intrinsic and extrinsic biomechanics. From a riders perspective, extrinsic biomechanics is our posture in the saddle or how we look on a horse. It’s what your trainer sees. It is also known as the riders ‘form’.
The intrinsic biomechanics is what’s actually happening inside the body, how the bones, muscles, joints and nerves are interacting with each other to create the picture on the outside. Also known as rider function.
When we perform more complex movements such as 10 metre circles, half passes, tempo changes etc any compensations within our bodies become more exaggerated. You may already be aware that you have riding habits such as legs that creep up, sitting in front or behind the vertical too much, collapsing to one side, one hand higher than the other etc. Knowing how to fix them may be an intrinsic biomechanics issue rather than simply changing a habit.
By improving the internal function of the riders body will in turn improve the effectiveness, shock absorption and alignment within the rider.
Ali has the ability to help correct muscle function and improve both extrinsic and intrinsic biomechanics of the rider. Book a Rider Biomechanics screening here