Motion Analysis as an Injury Predictor

5444dcbbf190e477c315947fa69db1e9Predicting injury is becoming the Holy Grail of professional sports. By that I don’t just mean it’s something holy and heaven sent. I mean that it is something many are aspiring to but as yet is largely fantastical. True injury prediction will be multi-factorial and look at mechanical, lifestyle, training load, and physiological data to put together a comprehensive model that provides high likelihoods for injury that can inform coaches on playing and practice load. There are several well-supported leading indicators such as:

I was recently sent a mechanical screen using motion sensors which has also shown promise in U18 Premier League teams as both an assessment and intervention tool (see case studies here and here). While it’s doubtful there will be one true assessment (see results refuting use of the FMS) using tools like ViMove could usher us in to the next frontier in injury prediction.

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Mike Young

Director of Performance at Athletic Lab
Mike is the Head Fitness Coach for the North Carolina Courage and North Carolina FC. He is also the owner and Director of Performance at Athletic Lab sports performance training center. He previously served as the fitness coach for the Vancouver Whitecaps and Carolina Railhawks. He has a PhD in Biomechanics, an MS in Coaching Science, and a BSS in Exercise Physiology and has coached Olympic and professional athletes in Skeleton, Track & Field, MLS and NASL Soccer, PGA Golf, NFL Football, MLB Baseball and Olympic Weightlifting. He has lectured around the world and authored 2 books and dozens of research and coaching articles.