When recovering from an ACL repair it is important to demonstrate sport specific functional stability in the injured knee before returning to sport. It is not possible to accurately assess this ability with the naked eye or indeed with regular video cameras but the Sports Surgery Clinic’s 3D Movement Analysis Lab can provide the gold standard assessment required.
The 3D Movement Analysis Lab utilises 8 state of the art motion capture cameras to assess human movement at super slow speeds (250 frames per second). In addition, the precise forces acting in and around the knee are assessed by combining the movement data with data collected from two force platforms. Several different movement tests (e.g. landing and change of direction) are undertaken in order to identify any movement deficiencies which may demonstrate poor knee function.
Asymmetries in control and loading can be identified and a comparison with normative healthy data can be made. The results of the 3D motion capture analysis can be used to create a tailored rehabilitation program for the patient that ultimately aims to enhance the knee’s functional stability and reduce the risk of future injury.
Poor control on landing.