Noraxon Portable Biomechanical Analysis System

Model: 
Portable Biomechanical Analysis System
Make: 
  • Noraxon Telemyo DST-8 Channel MRXP master edition (580-8E)
  • Bertec Portable force plate (FP4060-05-PT)
  • XSENS Wireless 3D Motion Trackers and Software development kit (MTW=38A70G20)

The portable system consists of three leading-edge components: the Xsens MTw Development Kit, Noraxon Electromyography (EMG) and Bertec force plate. The system is both fully compatible with our Vicon laboratory equipment and usable anywhere, strengthening our research capabilities. The Xsens sensors measure human movement in 3D at a high frequency. Advanced mathematical algorithms are able to reconstruct a subject's underlying bone structure using a biomechanical model and the trajectories of body segments. This allows for the calculation of joint angles in all three anatomical planes for the entire skeleton. This comprehensive numerical data provides a vast amount of detailed, objective and accurate information about human movement which can be used to interpret complex movement patterns of children and adults with disabilities or other neurological and orthopedic conditions. In addition, the data can provide useful information on how sports participants can enhance their performance.

The Noraxon EMG sensors measure muscle function during static or dynamic human functional tasks. The EMG and XSENS sensors are extremely light and compact, mounted rigidly on the body and run completely wirelessly without any fixed infrastructure. It is very useful for on-field analyses in real-life settings including occupational, clinical and sports environments.

The Bertec force plate contains highly sensitive strain-gauge technology capable of measuring 3D forces exerted on its surface, as well as the resultant centre of pressure and bending moments, at rates of up to 1000Hz. The force plate can be used to measure ground reaction forces and 3D moments exerted on the joints during functional activities such as standing, walking or running.

The portable biomechanical system can also be utilised for mathematical and biomechanical applications such as the analysis of the motion of projectiles or mechanical systems.

Status: 
Available
Condition: 
New
Disciplines: 
Physical Rehabilitation, Movement Science, Bio-engineering, Orthopaedic surgery, Neurology, Prosthetics, Applied mathematics, Sports Science, Ergonomics
Life Expectancy: 
15years
Location
Faculty: 
Medicine and Health Sciences
Department: 
Physiotherapy
Building: 
FNB-3D Movement Analysis Laboratory
Francie van Zijl Drive
Tygerberg
Cape Town
7505

Contact Person/s

Name: Prof Quinette Louw
Phone: +27 21-911-0743
Email: qalouw@sun.ac.za
Estimated Cost and Availability
Internal: 
R1 300
Per Sample
External: 
R1 200
Per Hour
Private Sector: 
R1 200
Per Hour
Time Spent Researching: 
50
Time Spent Teaching: 
10
Time Spent Other: 
5
Funding Information
Equipment Price: 
R1,072,444
Year of Acquisition: 
2013