The NSWIS Biomechanics team measure and assess movements and forces in sport, providing feedback on the modifications needed to improve the technical component of performance.
Biomechanics testing occurs in the field and laboratory, during training and competition. The NSWIS biomechanics laboratory utilises an eight camera Vicon motion analysis system to determine complex three dimensional body segment motion, and four force plates to measure ground reaction forces to assess the athlete’s interaction with the ground.
In the field the Institute uses high speed video cameras, accelerometers, gyroscopes and lasers to determine the technical characteristics of an athlete’s motion.
Biomechanics tools measure motion and forces at a high rate to accurately describe an athlete’s technique. Feedback to athletes involves describing body segment movements over time and includes measurement of the magnitude of motion, the timing of motion, and the coordination of numerous body segments.
The information gained from biomechanics analysis also assists doctors and physiotherapists better understand movement patterns to assist the minimisation of injury risks for athletes.