Motion Analysis Technology

The Children’s Sports Medicine Program uses motion analysis technology to detect mechanical flaws in sports motion, which ultimately helps physicians treat pediatric sports injuries. 

Having a Dartfish analysis performed at Children’s means your mechanics will be reviewed and assessed by a pediatric-trained physical therapist who specializes in your sport. Our sport specialties include, but are not limited to:

  • Baseball/Softball
  • Cheerleading
  • Dance
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Running
  • Tennis

What is Motion Analysis Technology?

Motion analysis technology is computer-based software originally designed for digital image enhancement. The success of the software in detailing image features has led to other ventures, including sports performance enhancement. We have further expanded the use of motion analysis technology as a tool in the rehabilitation process to help athletes recognize sport-specific mechanical flaws.

Sports movements are often difficult to see in real time. Video footage allows for analysis of the rapid details during an athlete’s throw, kick or stride that may be missed by the naked eye. For example, using motion analysis technology to analyze a baseball pitcher’s throw may show he is dropping his elbow. Dropping the elbow during pitching will increase stress across the joint and lead to injury.

Motion analysis technology 

How It Works

We offer two ways to capture athletes in motion:
  • In-clinic: Visit one of our sports medicine locations and our team will record the athlete in a 60- to 90-minute, one-on-one session.
  • On-site: Our staff will come to your gym or field to record a group of athletes. The minimum number of athletes required for a group session is dependent on the sport. Each athlete will be allotted a 20- to 30-minute session.

Our clinicians watch athletic movements unfold in a frame-by-frame sequence. You will receive a systematic breakdown of the athlete’s specific mechanics as it pertains to his or her sport. Technical movements are broken down and studied in precise detail, showing multiple angles of the athlete’s body throughout his or her movements. Our clinicians can compare an athlete’s movements side by side or layered with other images and video, allowing us to identify small differences of technique for skill repetition and development.

Benefit From Motion Analysis

Addressing mechanical errors will not only help to reduce the risk of injury but may also benefit performance, including increases in accuracy, speed and agility.

Schedule a Session

Complete our online request form to schedule a session with our team. Someone will contact you within two business days to schedule the appointment.