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Welcome to our 3D Motion Capture Running Lab!

A 3d lab configuration

To capture 3D running motion, the geometry configuration is absolutely crucial to reconstruct 3D body segments with measurements to the highest possible accuracy.  

2 kinetic depth sensitive cameras are positioned on wall mounts within equal distance to each other and the centre of the treadmill and equal vertical distance from the floor.   
The treadmill must be located within the centre of the gait lab with consideration for distance from deck to ceiling. The treadmill we use is a Sprintex Ortho Treadmill designed to immitate approximately 95% to natural outdoor running.

In contrast to our previous 2D running technique lab using HCCD digital cameras, depth cameras do not rely on physical body markers. Instead, they use a pattern of near-infrared light to perceive depth. Therefore, no special suits or body stickers need to be worn which makes running analysis is now very fast and easy.

One full 'Measurement' consists of a 30 second run on our treadmill at any speed between 9 – 20 km/h.  As soon as you step on the treadmill, the depth cameras automatically start tracking your body segments. Once all running motion data has been collected (this is when the 3D segmental model of the runner has been created), we can get down to what we do best, deliver you a simple yet fully educational presentation of your running biomechanics covering your running economy, gait symmetry and joint loading. 

The software and the service we provide.

   This is one of the first screens you'll see following your run on our treadmill. Whereas previously, we only had than the black and white recorded video of you (bottom left of the screen) to allow us to interpret your running form, our new software delivers far more evidence based results that would even knock Einstein off his chair! All the many individual sections as you see on the other side are measurements covering all areas and degrees of forces being placed on you during the process of running. Fret not, for anything that may feel too heavy to absorb on the day, we'll send you an easy to follow summary of your findings alongside some simple illustrations to help remind you as to what you should be focussing on to improve your performance.

Validation

Validated!

When introducing any new technology, it is essential to demonstrate that it fulfils its intended purpose. Best practice is to do this by third party validation. Our new 'MotionMetrix' system has had it's parameters successfully validated by different independent institutes using standardized reference equipment:

  • Position, angles and stride parameters against Qualisys Oqus 4 marker-based motion capture system
  • Forces and temporal parameters against Kistler Gaitway system
  • Running economy against VO2 using Oxycon Pro
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