Motion Analysis System at Texas Health Ben Hogan Sports Medicine Helps Athletes Enhance Performance, Avoid Injury|
FORT WORTH, Texas — High-school baseball pitcher Preston Templer is throwing harder after sports physical therapists and sports biomechanists at the Texas Health Ben Hogan Sports Medicine Program studied his biomechanics with an advanced new motion analysis system — one of only a few in the country.
The system uses special cameras to monitor an athlete throwing and to collect data on body movement. Its ability to capture movement at a very high speed — 400 frames per second — allows sports physical therapists and sports biomechanists to observe details in parameters like joint angles, posture and balance that can’t be seen with the naked eye.
“They gave me recommendations right away,” said Templer, a junior at All Saints Episcopal High School in Fort Worth. “They told me what I was doing might hurt me in the future and gave me ways to increase my velocity.”
Sensors placed on the athlete allow the system to create a three-dimensional rendering of his movement. Based on the information gathered, sports physical therapists work with coaches to make recommendations that help strengthen weak areas and improve performance on the field.
“A pitcher might have his elbow back too far or shoulder dropped too low, which could lead to injury down the road or prevent him from performing to the best of his ability,” said Craig Garrison, Ph.D., P.T., A.T.C., S.C.S., sports physical therapist. “This system allows us to study those deficiencies in depth so we can make adjustments toward optimum sports performance.”
For example, Templer learned that if he kept his stance closed longer during a pitch, he could throw harder. After his analysis, he received a video of himself pitching, along with a report that lists deficiencies and recommended exercises for improvement.
“I was pitching the next day and I did what they told me to do, and I did great,” he said. For more information about motion analysis, visit TexasHealth.org/BenHogan. To schedule an appointment, call the Texas Health Ben Hogan Sports Medicine Program at 817-250-7500.
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