"Ben Shear is not
only one of the most
in the industry with
regard to interpreting
data, he has also
proven thathe can
change the underlying
with his advanced
--Dan Parks, President,
3D GOLF LABS
Faculty staff member,
Better Golf through
Technology Series, MIT
PGA Professional with
over 10,000 lessons
At its essence, performance enhancement breaks
down a sport into its intrinsic movements and makes those movements better—whether stronger, more agile, faster, more stable, or less fatigued.
But to truly enhance them, those movements must be dissected and diagnosed so that athletic domination can occur.
3-D analysis reveals proper sequencing for increased power and distance
The need for biomechanical analysis has become fundamental in any sport with complex movements. New to the amateur sports world, Athletic Edge...in 3-D
is a Biomechanical Motion Analysis which displays for coaches, parents and athletes definitive data on joint angles, body positions, velocity, and energy
transfer during a repeatable sport-specific (and often position-specific) movement. Even at the top levels, athletes eventually break down after their
physical compensations create enough stress on the system. Baseball pitchers, for one, are notorious for their problems with mechanics—think of the number
of pitchers getting "Tommy John Surgery," a now-common procedure named after a successful Major League pitcher!
Biomechanical analysis can help increase both
pitching velocity and accuracy
For pitchers and varied athletes alike, 3-D Biomechanical Motion Analysis will directly lead to improved performance and injury prevention. It will identify
"power leaks" and their causes, so that incomplete sports training can develop into superior performance-enhancement. To detail a few achievable goals:
throwers will see better command of pitches, increased velocity and number of pitches, with significant reduction of elbow, shoulder and back pain; hitters
will see more power output and higher batting average; runners will benefit from increased stride rate, stride length and lowered risk of leg muscle strains;
golfers will get more distance and straighter drives from a more consistent swing, with less fatigue and body aches.
Motion analysis can also significantly help reduce the risk of injury
Regardless of a particular style or school of thought for sports techniques, from a mechanics standpoint, the body can only move optimally in one way.
This is due to the alignment of bones, the direction of muscle fibers and the designated contractile properties of those fibers. For example, think
about a complex rotational movement: hitting a baseball, swinging a golf club, serving a tennis ball, throwing a javelin, taking a lacrosse shot on goal,
hitting a hockey puck into a net, etc. These very different sports all rely on rotational movements, and since the body can only rotate its parts in one
ideal way, these seemingly individual sports rely on the same sequencing of parts.
The planes of the action might be different, but the ideal chain of movements, or kinematic sequence, is the same. Starting with the feet, each body
segment must transfer energy efficiently to the next. Power created from the push of the feet travels up the legs and then through the rotating 1)
pelvis, 2) torso, 3) arms and finally to the 4) bat/driver/racquet/stick/etc. This sequencing is what creates optimal power and consistency and reduces
the risk of injury. But the subtleties of such movements are undetectable by the naked eye and even standard 2-D video.
This chart showcases an efficient golf swing's kinematic sequence
With the Athletic Edge…in 3-D system, an athlete’s mechanics — whether for running, throwing, swinging, kicking, cycling, squatting, jumping, etc.
— are analyzed using electromagnetic body sensors, real-time motion-capture video, and state-of-the-art computer software. The analysis generates
a 3-D digital animation, which allows people to understand every aspect of their movements, while assessing proper kinetic sequence, body posture,
range-of-motion, etc. Seeing data broken down to 240 frames per second (the human eye can only see between 30 and 60 frames per second) and with accuracy
up to 1/10th of a degree, it becomes easy to pin-point the exact, undetectable moment when a complex motion might be creating stress or negatively affecting
performance. And with that detailed biomechanical data, training or rehab can become completely individualized and, therefore, markedly more dramatic.
chart demonstrates an inefficient golf swing's kinematic sequence
Before submitting to any 3-D motion analysis, athletes and their coaches should be sure that the professionals administering the tests can intelligently
decipher the data and actually dismantle it to facilitate the necessary development. Athletic Edge...in 3-D is the culmination of our staff having studied
with some of the world's most renowned biomechanists. And taking our knowledge where no scientists had gone before, Athletic Edge conducted the country's
first biomechanical research study on the Lacrosse shot. This commitment to the importance of the offering and of the excellence that it brings to training
puts our staff in a unique position within the field.
3-D analysis reveals movements that are impossible to see with the eye or video
In addition to the computerized assessment, Athletic Edge...in 3-D can provide physical screens to divulge whether the biomechanical errors are a result
of technical problems or physical limitations. Factors affecting performance could include posture, functional strength, power, balance, mobility, stability,
endurance or coordination. This deduction is also crucial to getting the motions truly corrected and the athlete's training devoted to success.
While 3-D Biomechanical Motion Analysis and corresponding physical screens are conducted one-on-one at our Scotch Plains facility, the portability of the
system allows us to travel to accommodate groups or teams as well. For more information, please contact us.
Rotational Movement Think about a complex rotational movement: hitting a baseball, swinging a golf club, serving a tennis ball, throwing a javelin, taking a lacrosse shot
on goal, hitting a hockey puck into a net, etc. These very different sports all rely on rotational movements, and since the body can only rotate its parts in
one ideal way, these seemingly individual sports rely on the same sequencing of parts. The planes of the action might be different, but the ideal chain of
movements, or kinematic sequence, is the same.
Starting with the feet, each body segment must transfer energy efficiently to the next. Power created from the push of the feet travels up the legs and then
through the rotating 1) pelvis, 2) torso, 3) arms and finally to the 4) bat / driver / racquet / stick / etc. This sequencing is what creates optimal power and
consistency and reduces the risk of injury.
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