New technology that maps the movements of the human body shows promise in several areas, according to a local therapist.
Windber’s Chan Soon-Shiong Medical Center has been using the DARI Motion system for several months to track the progress of physiotherapy patients and those recovering from orthopedic surgery, rehabilitation director Tom Anders said.
“It really helps us treat patients better,” said Anders.
“There is less guesswork. We can see where they are in their recovery.
The system, developed by the Dynamic Athletic Research Institute, uses multiple cameras to create a live 3D view of an individual being instructed on how to move. It measures the musculoskeletal forces necessary for movement.
Anders said he creates a virtual skeleton, digitally, that measures strength and flexibility in the subject’s legs and other areas.
In addition to helping assess recovery from injury, Anders said the system can help anyone identify areas where there is potential for movement-related injury and help athletes identify areas for improvement.
It is used by the Baltimore Ravens and athletic departments at Clemson University and the University of Wisconsin, among others.
Two community demonstrations of the system will be shown on Saturday at the Windber Community Building, 1605 Graham Ave.
The first presentation is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and is intended for coaches and athletes. The second session, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., shows how everyone can benefit from the DARI Motion system.
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