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Biomechanics in STEM Education

As there is a push for #STEM education, it requires students to understand and see real STEM applications. Many like playing sports; while dexterity is an important aspect in sports, math skills can go a long way in playing sports. Playing sports is all biomechanics. In a nutshell, biomechanics is an interdisciplinary field; it encompasses Zoology, Botany, Orthopedics, Bioengineering, Physical Anthropology, and Human Performance.  A critical, and a major part of biomechanics is mathematics. The equations in kinematics, kinetics, and the mechanics of materials show the relationships among different factors that describe and explain motion and how materials react when loaded. In football, the calculated time a punted ball takes to reach a specific point on the field, calculating the friction force provided by a new shoe design on a tennis court, to calculating the loading of bone during strength conditioning exercise, using mathematics provides a tool for working in biomechanics. To get everyone involved is to show real STEM applications. If students can have a sense of these skills, they will be more receptive. It is one of the reasons that we must have a different approach to STEM education. The basic mathematics skills include algebra, geometry, and to some extent a little bit of trigonometry. These basic math skills provide the tools for solving problems in biomechanics, including, working with the vector quantities in kinematics and kinetics.