Biomechanical evaluation post-season may detect early bunions in athletes
Athletes and dancers often undergo a series of medical exams before their season begins, but what about after?
Hindered biomechanics are known to throw an athlete's game off, and they may be especially off balance at the end of a strenuous season. As a result, sports biomechanist Brent Hextell reported on Coloradoan.com that repetitive trauma may be easier to detect post-season.
According to ICG Superior Biomechanics, bunions often occur as the result of pronation. This happens when individuals walk with their forefoot pointing outward, rather than straight.
The expert told the news source that a symptoms-based approach may not be adequate to treat problems with motor patterns, joint movement and other issues that occur as a result of repetitive movement.
"A more desirable strategy is to isolate the cause of the dysfunction and predict its effects in order to properly change an athlete's biomechanics before injury occurs," Hextell wrote for the news source.
He said that a biomechanical evaluation of the entire affected structure - such as the foot - may be in order to detect and treat problems.