At Movement First, we use the latest in research grade technology—high-tech tools you won’t usually find at traditional physical therapy clinics—to precisely diagnose and effectively treat your injury. Here’s what’s in our toolbox:

High Speed Camera System

Our eight camera system provides 3D views of the athlete, enabling our Movement Specialists to analyze movement from any angle. Recording at the unbelievable speed of 120 frames per second, it allows us to precisely and efficiently break down the motion to identify movement faults that would otherwise be impossible to catch with the naked eye or tablet recording.

SIMI motion analysis software

Paired with our high speed 3D camera system, the Simi motion analysis software allows us to measure critical data in real time, including: joint angles, segmental rotations, segmental velocities, power production, and torque generation. This provides an accurate and objective measurement of how an athlete is moving.

Force Plates

Installed into the floor of our clinic, force plates measure the amount of force an athlete produces when they step, run, cut or jump. With each movement, the plates respond with an equal, but opposite force, providing us with a real time quantitative and qualitative visual display of how the athlete is loading their body. Understanding these loading patterns allow us to determine if the athlete is moving in a way that increases their risk of injury. 

Electromyogram (EMG)

Attached directly to the skin over a target muscle, these surface electrodes can detect the activation of that target muscle while the patient performs different movements and exercises. By recording this electrical activity, we can determine if the athlete is utilizing optimal muscle activation patterns or relying on compensation patterns that may pre-dispose them to increased injury risk.

Isokinetic Dynamometry

This machine offers an unparalleled opportunity to gain a specific and objective measure of an individual’s voluntary muscular strength. Rather than a traditional setting where a therapist grades a patient’s strength subjectively, the Biodex allows for precision and the ability to objectively track a patient’s strength gains over time and compare between sides for strength asymmetries. All of this offers our team critical data to make informed and safe return to play decisions.