Simi Workshop for Future of Football Medicine Conference

November, 2016

More pleasant news are coming in. Another Simi workshop was accepted for a big conference - the Future of Football Medicine Conference 2017. 

Workshop will take place
May 14, 12 o'clock, Press Room

Soccer-specific injury prevention screening using latest 3D markerless motion capture technology – Capture on the pitch

Philipp Russ
Karen Hajduk

- Importance of quantifying biomechanics – the use of 3-dimensional motion analysis for injury prevention and return to play
- Limitations of rater-based screening methods in terms of specificity, objectivity, reliability and validity
- Limitations of marker-based motion capture and wearables in terms of practicability
- New markerless motion capture technology as an accurate and practical method
- Presenting a new diagnostic concept for injury prevention and return to play in professional soccer using modern markerless technology
- Showing how to derive criterion-based consequences for the issues of physical therapy and athletic training based on biomechanical data
- Case reports based on one of the largest scientific biomechanical screening data set in German male junior soccer players (Under 16, 17 & 19)

Within sports, 3D biomechanical assessment is a widely accepted method to get precise information about movements and forces within the human body. Those data allow understanding relevant performance parameters and injury mechanisms. Today, even in top sports such data is not utilized for practical application because actual solutions to capture data suffer the following limitations:

- Today’s widely used rater-based screening methods lack quantitative data to objectify reasonable indicators to judge the players ability of joint stabilization and –overloading.

- Marker-based motion capture systems deliver high accuracy, but suffer the need for markers, which means a lot of preparation time with the athlete, accompanied by the restriction of the athlete’s natural movement and the need for special labs. These aspects prohibit the practical use of this method with high level athletes in the clinical and
competitive environment.

-Wearable technologies try to free motion capture from markers and camera installations. Whilst this technology allows for more flexible outdoor use, it still suffers the need for sensors attached to athlete and subjects specific calibration, which makes measurements for teams and in real training environment still impossible. Wearables also suffer the lack of important data, such as 3D joint or segment center of mass positions, being highly relevant for the interpretation of valuable biomechanical data.

New markerless technology has the potential to deliver accurate data while being easy and quick to use directly on the pitch. Thus it provides new possibilities to implement biomechanics into practice and research. This workshop will present a new concept how the diagnostic repertoire for the clinical needs of an athlete can be optimized based on modern technological, scientific and clinical know-how. The presenters will demonstrate how testings in terms of injury prevention and RTP are designed, how data can be acquired on site, how values can be interpreted and which practical consequences have to follow such an evaluation.