Getting Started in Motion Analysis
Best Kept Secret
watched any recent summer or winter Olympic games then chances are, many of the
athletes you saw were trained with the help of computerized motion analysis.
Olympic teams learned years ago that motion analysis is the next frontier in
athletic training. Until recently, it's been a "best kept secret" and
has been out of
the reach of all but the very elite teams and athletes. Our goal at
is to make motion analysis affordable and available to every team and athlete.
Your Eyes are Not Enough
If you're an athlete,
physical therapist or anyone involved with athletics or human motion studies
then you need to accept the fact that your eyes and brain cannot process
information fast enough to see all the details associated with rapid body
motion. Even as trained sports or medical professionals, we cannot possibly
that happens with the human body as it goes through rapid and complex
We study athletes and patients
over and over attempting to see underlying problems with their motion but in
we really can't know
for sure what's going wrong, so we resort to trial-and-error to find solutions. Is there an alternative? Well, thanks to the innovations at
is an alternative.
Motion Analysis the Right Way
Sports Motion recognized the need
for video motion technology in athletic training, sports medicine and
physical therapy so we brought
together the expertise necessary for building effective and
motion analysis products. Since we began back in 2001, we have focused on developing
motion analysis systems that employ the right equipment for the right job.
To be done correctly motion analysis requires expertise in areas of video
software, computer hardware, camera equipment and photography. Few people (or
even companies for that matter) have the necessary expertise in all these
areas to really do motion analysis effectively.
Sports Motion, have that
expertise. We custom-design systems for our clients that take into
consideration critical variables ranging from the type of activity or sport to lighting
conditions and environmental issues (indoor, outdoor, extreme weather,
etc.). When it comes to critical components like video cameras, for example,
there are only a few that are
acceptable for true motion processing. Picking the wrong equipment spells
disaster in this business and horror stories abound for those who insist on
trying it themselves. For example, many DVD and HD camcorders,
although impressive, may not be the best for certain applications. Why? First,
they do not have real-time video streaming that can be captured by a PC.
Video must first be captured in the camera and then downloaded off-line. Secondly, they utilize aggressive video compression which strips out
critical frame detail. Your eye can't detect it when played at full speed
but when analyzing individual frames, the loss in detail will become
apparent. Many of our current clients have come to us in desperation after
having tried to do it themselves or after spending thousands of dollars on
the wrong products.
We Can Help
So, if you are ready to advance to the next
level in training technology then you owe it to
yourself and your athletes/patients to do it the
right way. Please browse through
our website to learn more about our motion analysis products and solutions.
Then give us a call. We'll be glad to help you get started.
Sports Motion, Inc.
If you are new to motion analysis and are interested in
learning more about it and how it can help you and/or your team, our "Motion
Analysis 101" CD will
give you a head start and provide you with valuable information in easy-to-understand layman's
Click here to find out more.
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