Motion Analysis Research

The techonology supporting the anlysis of human motion has advanced dramatically. Past decades of research have provided us with significant knowledge about the accuracy of tests performed, the understanding of the process of human motion. We still have a long way to go and we can't stop now.

The arduous technical challenge of analyzing athlete and patient movement is its natural state and in sports, without any suits or markers, or fixed placement coming to a resolve. Advanced motion capture technology today allows computers and specialized algorithm software to accurately see, understand, and quantify human motion, with significant benefits for teh life sciences and sports. The limiting factor to using motion capture with athletes has been the need to be in a static space in order to capture accurate results. Now the motion analysis technologybeing created eliminates the need for bulky and expensive set up, delivering accurate data while serving time and money.

"The ankle provides a large degree fo freedom to the pedaling action. That is, the ankle can alter hip and knee angles independent of seat position. For this reason, motion anlysis is essential for understanding the influence of any change in bike fit to the overall pedaling action."

Dr. Jim Martin

Associate Professor, Department of Nutrition and Integrative Physiology, University of Utah