Kinesiology, biomechanics, physics! Remember the first few days of PT/PTA school when these subjects were the highlight of your learning? Well the world of research has taken yet another step in proving why these subjects are the science behind what we do for injury prevention & rehabilitation. Coming to you from the Talus Media Student Corner… a 5-minute read on one of the coolest pieces of motion analysis out there right now!
What is DARI Motion Analysis?
A markerless, motion capture system that can obtain information regarding body kinetics/kinematics in a 5-minute scan.
What does it detect and why do the results matter?
DARI Motion Analysis can detect minor asymmetries and abnormal muscular patterns throughout functional movements. This data provides a basis upon which a structured training program can be created to improve an individual athlete’s strength, power and balance. Some of these functional movements include; jumping, single limb balance, trunk rotation, upper extremity motion and lower extremity power.
What is Kinetic Data?
Kinetic data is produced by DARI Motion Analysis to identify joint torques and ground reaction forces to further understand functional movement and areas of strength and weakness within the body.
Who is a candidate for DARI Motion Analysis (from our patient population as PT/PTAs)?
ANYONE. DARI Motion Analysis is a tool recognized by sports professionals and organizations such as the University of Notre Dame and the Baltimore Ravens but can aid in injury prevention and building of training protocols for many other populations.
Engineers, tactical athletes, geriatrics and patients with impaired balance, and developing adolescents are amongst our population that may benefit from a DARI scan.
How does this data affect our treatment/ training?
The data itself may identify muscular patterns and areas of weakness that increase a patient’s risk to injury due to joint toques and reaction forces. With these areas of weakness identified, patient specific training and treatment can be created to improve a patient’s kinematics. A follow up DARI scan may be utilized following treatment to identify if improvement has been made.
A high school student who I spoke with stated that he was scanned by DARI motion analysis in his winter offseason and was able to utilize his results for more specific strength training. When it came time for the season, the athlete reported improved strength and having an injury free season.
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