As we continue this series, we now want to start investigating what technological advancements has there been that can aid us in the treatment of human movement. Keep in mind, throughout this discussion, the goal is not to simply use the snazziest advancement on the market but more importantly to incorporate technologies that can allow us to efficiently and reliably correct movement dysfunction and which can be easily implemented with the lowest cost barrier to entry. To use technology that leverages the latest in movement science with the latest advancements in movement technology. That said, we will approach this section from four perspectives.
- 2D video
- Resistance bands & product innovations
- Tracking & compliance
- Hudl - this is a 2D app that offers some versions for free and some upgraded versions offered at minimal cost. This app allows you to capture movement and perform slow motion. This allows you to show the athlete motions which occur at a high rate of speed at a speed which they can see.
- Dartfish Express - this comes to us from Dartfish and includes some of the capabilities that
- Coaches Eye - this is another 2D app that initially started as a tool for coaches to assess players motion during athletic competition or practice. The application to the treatment of movement is obvious and it also offers some of the same functionality of the previous two.
- DorsaVi - as mentioned in the previous blog, DorsaVi is a "true" 3D motion analysis system that uses an IMU (inertial measurement unit) to provide 3D data and feedback. DorsaVi has a module that is available within the system that provides the subject real time feedback on motion. So the athlete will use the sensors during treatment to provide them real time data on where their body is in space and the system will use this to challenge them through a series of tests and exercises. Although the current application is for balance and lumbar spine, I suspect that lower kinetic chain training will be available in the future. In addition, there is the ability to attach the sensors to the athlete and have them go for a 1 hour, 2 hour or 4 hour run while collecting data or reporting the data during the live run. This allows you to make adjustments to their running and see the direct impact on IPA (initial peak acceleration) and ground reaction forces.
- Tecnobody Isofree - has a system coming out on the market that uses the XBox One and time of flight technology combined with a force plate to provide feedback of joint position and weight distribution. This is a great tool for providing proprioceptive retraining for the athlete. With this device, the athlete stands on the device and the system tracks their body in space while taking them through a series of challenging, fun and interactive games. Although there is nothing on the website about, based on their other systems, I suspect this will be in the $20K range.
- Motion Guidance - this is a relatively simple and inexpensive device that was developed by two physical therapists. This system uses a small laser strapped to the lower extremity and target. This is a great tool for use in jump training and while performing single leg activities that will provide instantaneous feedback to the athlete if they are able to maintain stability of the knee in the frontal plane as well as pelvic stability. These kits also come with a patient HEP pack that the athlete can take home for their home exercise program.
This is by no means an exhaustive list but more at list of products that we have used and have some familiarity with. Next week we will continue this discussions as we look at some product innovations which can be used in the the treatment of movement dysfunction.