A comprehensive biomechanical examination/evaluation is very important for athlete over thirty as this will help identify any biomechanical “faults” that may lead to injury. As we age, our bodies undergo several changes including such things as muscle tightness and inflexibility. This is especially true if you haven’t been active for a while or are returning to activity after a lengthy layoff. Understanding what your biomechanical challenges are, may help selecting the proper shoe or other type of equipment that you may need. By indentifying these potential problems, steps can be taken to help with injury prevention, such as stretching the proper muscles, strengthening weak muscle groups or maybe orthotic intervention. You should be evaluated by a professional who is trained in biomechanics.
As you reach for the tennis racquet that you used to play with 15 years ago when you were in your early twenties, you may want to have a second look at it. The aluminum frame that was state-of-the-art 15 years ago may not be the best thing for you at this stage in your life. As we age our muscle mass and structure changes. We are no longer as flexible as we were 5 years ago. There is probably more mass and we don