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Published in For the Health of It, Exercise Author: Dustin Henkelman

When I explain to people what I do as an exercise physiologist, they usually have questions about video analysis. It sounds a little “Big Brother” but it really helps us detect any issues with how you move.

Whether you want to improve your performance in a sport or prevent injuries, video analysis evaluates the motion of your body. This powerful, scientific tool provides a frame by frame breakdown of motion — measuring the degrees and angles of the knees, ankles and hips. It can reveal opportunities to generate more power, speed and distance.

Even if you’re not an “athlete,” video analysis can help identify why physical activity causes leg, low back or hip pain. It also can be used to prevent falls by examining your stride and cadence.

The video analysis requires two visits to Lifestyle Health. On the first visit, you will be recorded while performing the movement that you want analyzed. During your second visit, you will review the recording with an exercise physiologist. The exercise physiologist will recommend a treatment plan — stretches, exercises, etc.).

You will leave with a printout of your results and treatment recommendations to help you perform exercises at home or with a personal trainer. Depending on the findings and your current exercise routine, we may suggest monitored exercise sessions with an exercise physiologist.

Types of actions we can analyze:

  • Walking form
  • Running/sprinting form
  • Running starts
  • Swimming starts
  • Golf swing
  • Volleyball serve/attack
  • Shot put form
  • Discus form
  • High jump form
  • Long jump form
  • Baseball/softball swing
  • Baseball/softball pitch
  • Baseball/softball throwing motion