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Movement Signature: Performance Testing and Training

Movement Signature: Performance Testing and Training

“For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.”

Sir Isaac Newton

 

Minimize Injuries, Maximize Performance

Intelligent software seeking out marginal gains: Those one percent differentiators that will take you from good to great.

 

The primary limiters of human physical movement and performance is our biological state and how well we interact with the ground and gravity. Our ability to function and perform is limited by how well we can recover from a multitude of seen and unseen stressors, in addition to managing ground reaction forces that move up the body and cause injury problems. At Upright movement, we have previously addressed these limits with our Regeneration Guidelines, Daily Regeneration Monitor, Daily Readiness Index and Standards.

We feel that UpRight Movement has a responsibility to you and thus we are constantly evolving to be better, so that you’re better, and able to pass that “better” along to others in your life.

We’re excited to announce the addition of the MICROGATE System to the arsenal of tools we use to help you mitigate these limits, improving your resilience and helping you to feel, move, and perform better in life. Using an infared LED field, and accelerometer, gyroscopic, and magenetometer sensors, we are able to gather objective, science-based data on your movement patterns, force generation, and kinesiologic performance. All theses variables create a unique Movement Signature.

Our performance specialists can use this data on your own personal signature to provide clear, objective, measurable-data-based insight into individuals’ performance potential, allowing a more direct path toward developing their resilience, and in the event of misfortune, providing objective benchmarks during the return-from-injury phase, and replacing arbitrary time-bound guidelines. Other insights we can gain with our new MICROGATE tools include:

  • Visibility into a person’s functional/performance status
  • Quickly score and compare performance resilience
  • Pinpoint individual strengths and weaknesses
  • Precision programs and coaching, delivering personalized action plans
  • Monitor a person’s fatigue, injury risk, function, and performance
  • Project future performance and injury risk
  • Real-time benchmarks for Return From Injury

How Does it Work?

OptoGait is a system for optical detection made by a transmitting and a receiving bar. Each one contains 96 LEDs communicating on an infrared (visible) frequency with the same number of LEDs on the opposite bar. Once positioned on the floor or on the treadmill, the system detects the interruptions of the communication between the bars–caused by the patient’s movement–and calculates the duration and position. During the execution of a running, gait or a series of jump tests, the contact and flight times can be measured with an accuracy of 1 thousandth of a second and the position of the interrupted LEDs with a space resolution of 1,041 cm. Starting from this basic data, the dedicated software measures in real-time a series of crucial data for the movement analysis. The absence of mechanical moving parts ensures a long life, accuracy and repetition possibilities.

OptoGait acquires numerical parameters in real-time for gait, running and jump tests that can be viewed immediately. The easy to read report contains all data, and asymmetries between the two legs are highlighted instantly. OptoGait does not only detect the numerical data, but, via small cameras, which can be freely positioned, it allows the user to acquire images of carried out tests, synchronizing them perfectly with detected events. Without the need for any further synchronization between hardware and cameras, the numerous benefits of cross verification of data and images can be fully used. A more detailed video analysis can be had by further utilizing the dedicated utility (angle, distance calculus, graphic tools, etc.).

Gyko, placed in the area beneath the shoulder blade by using a special bib with a comfortable 3-button fastening, enables naturally integrating the information measured on the ground through OptoGait with the kinematics of the trunk in order to provide accurate information on the stability and coordination of the upper body.

The movement of the trunk is analysed in each phase of the step and, through advanced algorithms, specific parameters of the analysed test are estimated such as:

  • Antero-posterior and medio-lateral imbalance
  • Main directions and breadth of the movement of the trunk
  • Upper Phase Coordination Index (UPCI) that describes coordination in the rotation of the trunk
  • Phase difference between the lower body and the upper body
  • RMS, Harmonic Ratio and Harmonicity Index describing gait stability

UpRight Movement is committed to being  a Force Multiplier in your life- supporting you towards your process of Return From Injury and developing an Optimal Strength to Bodyweight Ratio. Being resilient so you can Feel, Move, and Perform Better throughout your life.

 

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