Human Performance Evaluation
Dr. Bermudez is one of the very few physicians in the world who utilize the OptoGait technology to objectively evaluate patients and athletes of all ages and ability. The OptoGait system is used by all US Olympic Training Centers, the US Military at West Point, and Professional Sports Teams throughout the USA & Europe to efficiently and effectively evaluate human performance. Optogait can quickly and accurately evaluate gait (the rhythmical execution of your body's joints, ligaments, and muscles as you walk), running, jumping, balance, reaction, fall prevention, efficacy of your orthotics/braces, and much more.
Situated within our Active Living Human Performance Lab, the OptoGait can be used on the floor or put onto our treadmill to evaluate our patients at different speeds. We can also utilize the system as an exercise tool, as it gives the patient real-time video bio-feedback to allow you to correct your motions, ensuring the utmost efficiency and symmetry--whether it be during walking, running, jumping, or shifting side-to-side. Dr. Bermudez and his knowledgeable medical staff look forward to keeping you informed and affordably analyzing and treating your human locomotion with the same technology utilized by elite institutions around the world.
OptoGait measures the symmetry of each step -- how long it takes between steps, how long the athlete lands on one foot or the other -- and picks up any misalignments in the gait, hips or neck that could lead to injuries.
American track and bobsled star Lolo Jones has a secret - and it's not what you think. Watch as she uses the OptoGait system and other cutting edge technology to help in her training, in a sport where mere hundredths of a second can be the difference between glory and going home.
Dr. Peter Gorman, President of Microgate USA, explains the concept of a March In Place test and the importance of developing balance for a person.
How Does it Work?
OptoGait is a system for optical detection made by a transmitting and a receiving bar. Each one contains 96 LEDs communicating on an infrared (visible) frequency with the same number of LEDs on the opposite bar. Once positioned on the floor or on the treadmill, the system detects the interruptions of the communication between the bars--caused by the patient’s movement--and calculates the duration and position. During the execution of a running, gait or a series of jump tests, the contact and flight times can be measured with an accuracy of 1 thousandth of a second and the position of the interrupted LEDs with a space resolution of 1,041 cm. Starting from this basic data, the dedicated software measures in real-time a series of crucial data for the movement analysis. The absence of mechanical moving parts ensures a long life, accuracy and repetition possibilities.
OptoGait acquires numerical parameters in real-time for gait, running and jump tests that can be viewed immediately. The easy to read report contains all data, and asymmetries between the two legs are highlighted instantly. OptoGait does not only detect the numerical data, but, via small cameras, which can be freely positioned, it allows the user to acquire images of carried out tests, synchronizing them perfectly with detected events. Without the need for any further synchronization between hardware and cameras, the numerous benefits of cross verification of data and images can be fully used. A more detailed video analysis can be had by further utilizing the dedicated utility (angle, distance calculus, graphic tools, etc.).