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Motion Analysis

The Motion Analysis Program at Indiana University Health provides a clear, detailed picture of how you move in space to assist in rehabilitation following an injury, injury prevention, performance enhancement, or as pre-surgical planning. Motion Analysis utilizes advanced technology including high-speed optical cameras, UV cameras, force plates and electromyography (EMG). Through this analysis, our team of physical therapists, biomechanists, trainers and physicians are able to develop a much more detailed picture of how you move. That picture can then be slowed down, viewed from different angles, and compared with ground reaction forces and muscle activation patterns to better assess movement quality; none of which are possible with the naked human eye.

IU Health offers the only clinical, comprehensive motion analysis assessment in Indiana. Following your motion analysis, we will interpret the data and work closely with your physical therapist, trainer, physician or coach to explain the results and make recommendations on next steps.

We collaborate closely with the Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health Orthopedics to provide motion analysis for pediatric patients with developmental disabilities; as well as IU Health Sports Medicine to enhance sports performance training through the inclusion of motion analysis assessments into an athlete’s training plan.

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IU Health motion analysis services include:

Pediatric Motion Analysis. Our team, consisting of a biomechanist, physical therapist and pediatric orthopedic surgeon work with children who experience abnormal movement patterns due to developmental disabilities such as cerebral palsy. Motion analysis allows us to take an extremely detailed look at the movement of each joint and determine which muscles are interacting with each joint and contributing to abnormal movement patterns. For children who have a surgical intervention planned, we are able to provide your physician with a clear picture of each patient’s movement so that the most optimal surgical plan can be implemented.

Return to Sport Motion Analysis Assessments. For athletes who have suffered a sports related injury, a motion analysis assessment can help to determine if it is appropriate to return to your sport. Often, either because of structural changes following an injury or because of compensations developed during rehabilitation, injured athletes develop abnormal movement patterns. Although the original injury has healed, these abnormal movement patterns leave the athlete susceptible to future injury. A Return to Sport Motion Analysis Assessment can identify these compensations, determine the necessary steps to correct, and allow each athlete to return to his or her sport with confidence.

Injury Prevention Motion Analysis Screening. For athletes who are heavily invested into their sport, missing time because of an injury can be devastating. Injury Prevention Screening can assist athletes who appear to be healthy reduce the risk of future injury and time lost in their sport. Even the highest level athletes fall into bad habits in which their form or posture suffer. Continuing to compete with poor form or biomechanical compensations can lead to injury or chronic irritation. Healthy Athletes may benefit from Injury Prevention Motion Analysis Screening to reduce their chances of injury and time lost doing what they have trained to do—compete.

Performance Based Adult Motion Analysis. Athletes looking to enhance their game can request motion analysis as a tool for bettering performance. Whether it’s a runner’s stride or a pitcher’s throw, motion analysis allows us to evaluate your performance and make suggestions for improved movement. Our team can make recommendations about your movement patterns relative to normal movement. These recommendations can then be incorporated by you and your coaches into your training for improved performance. 

Motion Analysis Rehabilitation Locations

IU Health Neuroscience Center – Neurorehabilitation and Robotics
355 W. 16th Street, Suite 1800 Room 1078
Indianapolis, IN 46202
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Motion Analysis Support Services

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