Motion Laboratory

Motion capture system (Vicon Vero) with two floor-embedded force platforms (AMTI OR6-7). Force platform setup is modifiable, enabling measurement of ground reaction forces in various movements.

Instrumented treadmill (Motek M-Gait) has been installed into the lab on July 2018.  The treadmill enables integration of motion analysis with physiological measurements, such as sprirometry and ECG.

Surface electromyography (EMG) is often combined to motion analysis. A 16-channel data logger ME6000 (Bittium, Kuopio, Finland) is used to collect EMG. Also wireless devices, eMotion WBA and Faros (Bittium) are available for EMG measurement. In addition to EMG, accelerometers, inclinometers and goniometers can be used with ME6000 data logger.

Two ultrasound devices: Telemed EchoBlaster 128 CEXT with sensor LV7.5/60/128-Z-2  and  Telemed LS128 with sensor HL9.0/60/128Z belong to the equipment. Data collection of the device is synchronized with the motion capture system, enabling in vivo dynamics of muscles and tendons to be analyzed.

Whole body wearable motion capture system (Xsens Awinda) enables motion capture in field for ergonomics and sports applications. System consists of 18 inertial measurement units (IMUs). The wearable system has been used to study ergonomics in cleaning work and in healthcare work. The system has been used for ski jump motion analysis with Finnish ski jumping team. Measurements have been carried out in ski jumping hills in Kuopio.

Take-off technique of elite ski jumpers is examined in laboratory using motion capture system and force plates. In addition musculoskeletal modeling and simulation is used to get deeper understanding on takeoff technique. Co-operation with  Ski Jumping Team Finland, Mika Kojonkoski's "Team China" and with Puijon Hiihtoseura ski club is being done.

Analysis of force-velocity-power properties of athletes has been started in ice hockey and volleyball. In addition, muscle activitivity of professional ice hockey players has been analysed (master's thesis of Sami Kaartinen).

Trajectories of reflective markers are capture using motion capture cameras, and the force platforms
The instrumented treadmill (Motek M-gait) enables biomechanical analysis of continuous walking and running.

By combining measurement data with musculoskeletal modeling knee contact forces are computed in OpenSim platform.

Xsens Awinda equipment consisting of 18 wearable inertial measurement units.