05-May-2021

“gOT it!” – YouTube channel explains complex orthopaedic engineering and biomechanics

Thomas Wetzelsperger and his family have close links with orthopaedic engineering. The 27-year-old with a Master’s degree in medical orthobionics noticed that there is much worth knowing but the information is simply neutral and readily available.

Thomas Wetzelsperger at the computer

Thomas Wetzelsperger sees his purpose in presenting complex interrelationships that are initially hard to understand in a way that makes them more comprehensible for colleagues in the industry and interested young people.

“The new knowledge helps us to provide superior care for our patients and to attend better to their individual needs; and that, after all, is our principal task”.

Nowadays, of course, this can obviously be achieved far more effectively by using moving images: he has been operating a private YouTube channel featuring explanatory and learning videos covering interesting topics concerning orthopaedic engineering and biomechanics since September 2020.

The young engineer does it all in his free time alongside his fulltime job at Pohlig GmbH. “I wanted to present important and interesting findings from the training in a more accessible and understandable way, for anyone interested in orthopaedic technology. Ideally, the benefit can be reaped by users, technicians, engineers, relatives, therapists, and others”, he says.

Almost 500 subscribers and meanwhile more than 14 videos are clear evidence of well-spent leisure time

The spectrum of topics ranging from physical and medical aspects of care, joint torque and ground reaction force, lower-leg orthoses, and knee protheses through to “sewing corsets”.

In entertaining animations lasting 10-20 minutes each, complex manual skills and specialist knowledge are imparted in such a way that even young professionals and interested individuals feel the urge to open up their minds more fully to what the profession involves and the multifaceted tasks of an orthopaedic and rehab technician.

Two videos with the tongue-in-cheek title “5 things I wish I’d known BEFORE the apprenticeship” make it clear to young people looking for people-centred technical careers, too, just how diverse and also underrated the profile of the profession is.

In times of a skills shortage in this industry, an important stimulus and an “open-access” offer for getting to know a job outline.

“Quality beats quantity”, which is why more topical videos, all of them self-produced, are in the pipeline and will appear eventually. After all, I’ve a got a full-time job as well, says Thomas Wetzelsperger with a grin.

Many practical, hands-on courses are being cancelled at present because the training facilities are obviously unable to permit any direct contact with patients so a YouTube channel like this comes at just the right time.

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