OptoGait


 

Performance Spine and Sports Medicine exclusively offers OptoGait, a cutting-edge sports diagnostic technology, to treat athletes and improve sports performance.

This same technology is being used by the European and United States Olympic Training Centers and professional sports teams.

The OptoGait is an innovative system of analysis and measurement that brings a new philosophy of assessment and optimization of performance to the world of competitive sports: It is designed for the development of a specific and customized training program for the athlete, based exclusively on precise objective data. OptoGait is an optical measurement system consisting of a transmitting and receiving bar. The L.E.D.’s on the transmitting bar communicate continuously with those on the receiving bar. The system detects any interruptions in communication between the bars and calculates their duration. This makes it possible to measure flight and contact times during the performance of a series of jumps with an accuracy of 1/1000 of a second. Starting from these fundamental basic data, the dedicated software makes it possible to obtain a series of parameters connected to the athlete’s performance with the maximum accuracy and in real time.

How Does It Work?

By acquiring the fundamental parameters that characterize the level of an individual’s performance and physical condition, PSSM doctors constantly test and monitor patients and athletes. This makes it possible to ascertain the abilities or physical fitness of an athlete in a simple and immediate way, creating over time a real database that makes it possible to compare values for that athlete or different athletes, even at a distance of months or years.

We can also perform a gait analysis for all patients. The Gait analysis is the study of human locomotion augmented by instrumentation for measuring body movements, body mechanics, and the activity of the muscles. Gait analysis is used to assess, plan, and treat individuals with conditions affecting their ability to walk. It is also commonly used in sports to help athletes run more efficiently and to identify posture-related or movement related problems in people with injuries.

By acquiring the fundamental parameters of their athlete’s gait, PSSM uses the OptoGait system to quantitatively measure underlying mechanical inefficiencies and target any problematic areas. With this information, we can develop the right exercises to properly address a patient’s specific needs.

To learn more, or to schedule an OptoGait assessment, call Performance Spine and Sports Medicine today!

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