Students take part in National Biomechanics Day

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — In case you didn’t know, Wednesday is National Biomechanics Day!

To celebrate, the Sanford Sports Science Institute invited students from Harrisburg and O’Gorman to learn about future careers in sports. 

It’s an exciting day for students.  They’re out of the classroom and participating in sports. 

Cashton Johnson, an 8th grader from Harrisburg High School runs the mile in track and is looking forward to improving his run time. 

“I think my best so far is like 4:47 and I’d like to get it down to 4:40,” Cashton Johnson said. 

He says having the opportunity to take part in National Biomechanics Day may give him the boost he needs to perfect his run.

“Just practicing the mile everyday you know, trying to build up the endurance because you know after that halfway point you really start to get winded,” Johnson said. 

The Sanford Sports Science Institute has been hosting the event since 2016. 

“The goal of the students is to get them exposed to biomechanics. See how it’s useful in sport and see how athletes can apply it to improve their performance and prevent injury,” Sports Science Specialist Aaron Trunt said.

Students will take part in activities that involve jumping, their golf swing and running. 

“Kids love to get outside and experience stuff outside of the classroom and seeing it applied in real life is something they’re going to remember I think down the road,” Trunt said. 

But it’s not just about improving physical fitness for athletes.
Students are also learning about what potential careers are available in sports. 

“I think a lot of kids know that there’s a few ways that you can get into sports. You can be an athlete, or you can be a physical therapist, but maybe they don’t know some other ways that you can get into it like exercise physiology, or biomechanics which is what we study,” Trunt said. 

Johnson says he’s looking forward to learning more and is currently considering a track career in the future.

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