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March 2005

MOVING TO THE NEXT PHASE: THE BIOMOTION LAB AT THE MARINE MILITARY ACADEMY

The American Academy of Spine Physicians (AASP) is currently consulting with the Marine Military Academy on the addition of a Biomotion Lab to their existing World Class Human Performance Lab. The proposed Biomotion Lab will incorporate digital video, sophisticated motion analysis software and use of an existing viewing amphitheatre. Dr George Dohrmann and Dr. David Durrant, both of the AASP have been asked to consult on the design of the lab.

The proposed Biomotion Lab resources could be used to assess an individual’s neuromuscular performance in the lab, during training, and on the athletic field. The findings can be correlated with spinal and isolated muscle/limb testing performed in the Human Performance Lab. Multiple digital camera setups will allow for 3-dimensional analysis and sophisticated sports/performance analysis playback.

The Biomotion Lab would serve as an integral element of overall biomechanical assessment. It would also serve as invaluable tool for the coaches and athletic programs of the Academy. Facilities are available so that performance playback can be displayed in a dedicated amphitheater on a large format screen for participants in the studies.



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