This expertise is at the heart of VU, the first field-based test that provides a real-time biomechanical feedback and performance analysis. It is designed to help coaching, sports science, and medical staff make the most informed decisions about athletes’ performance and return to play after injury.
Sports Surgery Clinic is Ireland’s leading private orthopaedic sports medicine hospital. The clinic is renowned for its residential rehabilitation of elite athletes and specializes in post-operative ACL rehabilitation, concussion rehabilitation, and sport-related groin pain. Thanks to this expertise, Sports Surgery Clinic is
uniquely positioned to lead the efforts of analyzing movement using 3D motion-capture.
Each PIVOT set consists of eight 9-axis sensors with an accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, and a lithium-ion battery. They capture athlete’s movement at a rate of 200 frames per second. PIVOT’s sensors are wireless and the data is collected and transmitted to a coach’s tablet within seconds.
The test starts with a single leg hop over a handle, during which we assess jumping and landing competency, explosiveness and absorption of power, particularly in the frontal plane.
The athlete then accelerates into a 120° cut, touches the opposite cone, and backpedals back, exercising the posterior chain. This is followed by a 120° cut off the opposite leg, which completes the V segment.
The athlete then executes two runs outside the cones at a maximum speed, completing the U segment.
The U segment leads into a 20 m dash at the end of which the athlete is forced to make a 45° evasive step. The step at the end is allow us to evaluate a change of direction so frequently performed during all filed sports.
Once the session is uploaded via cloud to the VU BioMech server, a detailed report is immediately accessible. This report will provides a performance breakdown across each of the test components and allows for a comparison with previous performances and across the entire squad. It will also includes replay of each test segment in 3D giving the staff an unprecedented 360° analysis.