On Friday 24th March we welcomed Physios, Biomechanists and Researchers from across the UK and Ireland to join us for an afternoon on “Functional Movement Assessment”. We were also joined by Noraxons CEO, President and Head of Biomechanics, along with Head of Return to Play who discussed the following topics:
Functional Movement Analysis
Big Data’s Role in Rehabilitation
Objective Parameters in Return to Play
Big data is a term that is becoming more and more prevalent within our society. Outcome measures are required to validate our decision making and return to play in elite sport is no different. As much as objectivity and data is important, the real key to achieving ‘success’ is choosing the right parameters for you to select the data that will have the most impact. With the technology that is out there today, we can collect thousands and even millions of data points, but to analyse all of this is both unrealistic and unnecessary. The purpose of this event was to look at how specialist centres are using big data to enable a better decision making process on when athletes can, but more importantly SHOULD RTP.
Christian Zantop is a Sports and Exercise Scientist and director or Return-To-Play clinic based in Germany. He and his team have screened over 1000 patients including many Bundesliga players. Christian discussed the importance of biomechanical data using the Noraxon Portable Lab for his decision making in combination with functional dynamometry (BTE PrimusRS) during the process of returning an athlete back to their sport.
“With our scientific approach of the Return-To-Play concept, we have developed a battery of multiparametric analyses in order to better determine the time of the return of the athlete. In our exercise laboratory, athletes are carefully analysed, measured and evaluated in situations close to the injury mechanisms. This is the only way of finding out whether a player is really ready or not to return to play”.
We were also delighted to hear from Coleman Bessert, formerly head of biomenchanics at EXOS (Athletes performance). Coleman presented on the future of biomechanics as part of big data analysis. Having important parts in the development of analysis and data mapping software for world leading companies like Adidas, Coleman‘s expertise is in finding a link between data and presenting it to people in a “digestable“ way.
“One of my goals is to help medical teams systematically work through this data and leverage it, in a way that it can affect the day to day interventions that medical staff and coaches are performing.”
We are currently consulting with many elite sports teams in regard to leveraging big data within sport, so please watch this space for future developments.
3D Force Plates
Anna from Velamed using the 3D force plates with the IMU sensors whilst doing lunging squats. The result was the 3D force vector overlay and 3D joint angles….
Thank you to Noraxon, Velamed and Return to Play!