Using foot pressure sensors in your own shoes, we can collect force, cadence, contact time, impact peaks, and force rate data. Force Analysis gives us biofeedback on how much the body is being stressed with each foot strike. At Press Play, we have the knowledge to combine this data with other findings such as foot mapping and foot strike to educate runners on proper running technique.
Research has shown that high Impact Peaks and Force Rate are correlated with injuries. If an impact peak is present, there is a high probability the body is trying absorb some of the Ground Reaction Force. A Ground Reaction Force is the equal and opposite reaction of the foot hitting the ground. In other words, it’s the force that your shoe and body have to absorb at foot strike. The less the shoe absorbs, the more your body takes the brunt of force. Foot strike patterns, running posture, and technique can all influence impact peaks and force rates.
Surface Electromyography (SEMG) is a measurement of the muscle’s electrical activity from the surface of the skin and displayed in the form of a graph (line graph or bar graph.) The sEMG data is synced with video so we know exactly what muscle is firing during certain parts of the gait cycle.
Dartfish is a state-of-the-art video analysis software system used to analyze the Olympic athletes as well as professional athletes world-wide. The Dartfish Software allows us to freeze video and advance frame-by-frame, giving us the ability to analyze minute details while running that the naked eye cannot see. The software also allows us to draw lines and make measurement such as angles and distance.