Thursday was International Biomechanics Day.  What exactly does that mean? The Sanford Sports Science and Biomechanics Lab is giving some high school kids the answer through cool, new technology.

If you haven’t heard of International Biomechanics Day, that’s probably because it just started in the U.S. last year. Now, countries around the world are celebrating and using it to educate young people.

“Really celebrate what we do, and to make it more accessible. Right now the only way that people learn about it is in a college setting and we’re trying to bring it to the high schools,” Lisa MacFadden with Sanford Sports Science Institute said. 

That’s exactly what they did on Thursday with a group from Roosevelt High School.

Biomechanics can cover a wide variety of topics, but it generally studies the way our bodies move. Something that’s a big interest for young athletes, like Tyson Jahn. 

“I used to have a lot of tendonitis and coaches were asking what I’m doing wrong and everything. So seeing what these guys are doing here, showing me how I’m doing it the wrong way and how you’re supposed to do it the right way is kind of helpful,” Jahn said. 

The Biomechanists with the Sanford Sports Science Institute showed the kids how their bodies are impacted by different movements.

They also got to show off some state of the art equipment. All in all, the kids took away some helpful tips and more career options.

“I was thinking physical therapy, but I mean this here sounds pretty interesting. So I might have to check into that,” Jahn said.

“I think in the past decade we’ve seen a real explosion in this field and I think that with events like today we’re going to start seeing the word getting out a lot more,” MacFadden said. 

MacFadden says they don’t just focus on professional athletes. Biomechanics can also be beneficial for anyone looking to be more active and avoid injury.