Healthy baseline biomechanical data can provide teams with criterion loading and propulsive asymmetries across a variety of plyometric movements. These kinetic and kinematic values can orient training goals and supplement on court, on field outputs to gauge an athlete’s true progress. Furthermore, pairing kinetic outputs with kinematic data from the lower extremities during plyometric movements allows us to take a more granular look at how an athlete may be compensating post injury, and how these compensations are trending over time. Though baseline jump outputs may be achieved in some cases injurious mechanics present themselves as well.
In the event where a team does not have healthy baseline data, but an athlete still gets injured, 3D biomechanical assessments can still play a vital role in return to play. Regressed movements can be performed at greater frequency to measure factors such as time to stabilization upon landing, loading kinetics, propulsive kinetics, and joint rotations. These data points can inform the rehab and S&C staff of an athlete’s progress and allow for targeted real time interventions.
In any form contextualized 3D biomechanical data can bring everyone (MD’s, PT’s, ATC’s, and S&C’s) to the same table speaking the same language, keeping the athlete’s best interest in mind. Key metrics can serve as benchmarks to guide rehab and return to play protocols in a more objective matter.