Improve athlete testing through monitoring biomechanics
In the rush to better prepare and improve athletes at every level, biomechanics monitoring has come into its own through very effective, comprehensive suite of analysis equipment. Furthermore, because the equipment aids in our understanding of the athlete’s body down to the core, it has been known to aid recovery from injury, as well as prevention. Consider, for an example, an athlete working to build up her speed. Gait analysis or measurement tools in biomechanical monitoring can improve aspects crucial to accelerating and improving range of motion. In the event of a running injury, these same tools can provide information on just how bad it is, which can be instrumental for a doctor setting a timetable for her return to training, if applicable.
Athletes often use a wide variety of supplemental aids or modified equipment, such as cleats for turf running, calf-wraps in running, shoulder pads in blocking and hitting. These and others like it can be improved by the realm of biomechanics monitoring known as Ergonomics Evaluation, which assesses the level of functioning of the particular aid. Does it conform to her body in the most optimal way, given data tests? Does it slow her down more than it protects her knees, or do the pads reduce blocks by just 40% when 50% is concerned the minimum safety level? Does this wrap slowly compress her spine, such that the effect will be seen in years down the line? The importance discerning these things in the laboratory and in field tests is made possible by what some consider the most important aspect of biomechanics monitoring: Remote Monitoring.
Remote Monitoring enables the all-important assessment of how well the equipment works, without interfering with the actual process of working. Free of attachments, yet able to gather and compile real-time data, it enables full-range of motion exercises to be conducted, for the most accurate possible picture of an athlete’s state of being. This is the biomechanics monitoring that gets the proper information in front of the eyes of the athletic director, coach or doctor. As with OptoJump and OptoGait, an athlete can be tested for functional change when a new piece of equipment is being fitted or after an intervention of any sort without changing the environment the athlete is expected to play in. Wires and 'extra parts' like sensors or markers will not be a hindrance on the performance of the athlete since the technology never comes in contact with the individual being tested.
The range of biomechanics monitoring equipment available for the purpose of supplementing any athletic department or other field is only growing. From optical measurement tools like OptoJump and OptoGait, to Isometric and Isotonic Contraction machines, and EMG Analysis, they are successfully marrying the athletic forum with the scientific one, to help the experts determine not so much how to make better athletes, but how to make athletes better prepared, and recover from injury more efficiently and with higher rates of success at returning to previous form, than ever before.