Full Body Gait Analysis

Full Body Gait Analysis


Cortex motion capture software provides professionals in the medical and sports performance industries an easy, streamlined way to perform full body gait analysis. Cortex has embedded software solutions for gait analysis: GaitTrak and RunTrak. These are both available for an additional fee. Our specialized solutions compute and report the primary biomechanical parameters used during walking or running. Our gait analysis software has an intuitive interface that makes gait easy to track and measure. For over 35 years, Motion Analysis has been on the cutting edge of motion capture technology and innovation. Our industry gold-standard software will significantly improve your efficiency and productivity in any motion capture application.

What is Gait Analysis?

Gait analysis is the study of a subject's movement patterns while running or walking. It can be conducted on the lower extremities only, or on the entire body. Full body gait analysis looks at the interaction between the whole body. With many applications, it's important to consider the mechanics of the hips and trunk, as they play a vital role in controlling the mechanics of the hips and trunk. In medical settings, this may be used to evaluate how the movements in one area of the body may contribute to overworking the tissues in another area of the body. This information can then be used to diagnose conditions and create treatment plans. Full body gait analysis can also be used to identify inefficiencies in an athlete's form or to determine the cause of an athlete's injuries.

Whether you plan to use gait analysis software for medical, athletic, or other purposes, you'll find that Cortex is robust enough to meet the needs of any application. GaitTrak streamlines gait analysis by generating a simplified gait measurement report using Microsoft Excel templates. Cortex can also be upgraded to include BattingTrak and PitchTrak, an integrated software which tracks and measures an athlete's batting and pitching movements, respectively. These applications allow for easy evaluation of technique, or to compare one player's biomechanics with another.

In addition to Cortex, we also offer low-latency, highly accurate digital motion capture cameras, and mocap markers. Basix, our latest markers, are configurable LED arrays that don't require the use of a suit. There are only six markers, which are worn on key parts of the body: the tops of each hand, the top of the head, the waist, and the tops of both feet. This allows athletes to move more freely, and they have the added benefit of being equipped in less than a minute. If you'd like to learn more about our software solutions or motion capture packages, contact us today by calling +1 (707) 579-6521 or fill out our online form.

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Gait Analysis


Has your organization been searching for a reliable and accurate way to conduct gait analysis? Cortex has embedded software solutions for walking and running gait analysis that can be added on for an additional charge. GaitTrak and RunTrak simplify the process of tracking and measuring walking and running gaits, respectively. Whether you're a physical therapist looking for movement pathologies or an athletics specialist comparing athletes' sports performance, Cortex will be able to completely meet your needs. Contact us today to learn more or to request a quote.

What is Gait and Gait Analysis?

The term "gait" refers to the pattern of how a person walks or runs. Medical professionals can tell a lot about a person's overall health from their gait, including whether they have neurologic, muscular, or skeletal problems. Gait has two phases: the swing phase and the stance phase. The swing phase begins when the foot leaves the ground and ends when the heel of the foot strikes the ground. The stance phase occurs when the foot is in contact with the ground, starting with the heel strike and ending with the toes off of the same foot.

Running gait differs from walking gait analysis. Whereas the swing phase in walking gait involves striking the heel, running gait generally involves a midfoot strike with more forefoot landing as running speed is increased. Running gait also incorporates more full-body movement than walking. There are a number of injuries that are caused by poor gait, including plantar fasciitis, shin splints, tendonitis, and hip and lower back pain.

Gait analysis is the systematic, clinical study of how a person moves through the swing and stance phases. It's often used to assess and treat individuals with conditions that affect their ability to walk or run. In sports biomechanics, it can be used to identify an athlete's strengths and weaknesses to help improve their performance. Using Cortex's GaitTrak or RunTrak and motion capture cameras, evaluators can look at the mechanics of a subject's movements at each phase of the gait cycle. By watching how these small movements come together as a whole, an evaluator can determine if there are pathologies. In the case of athletics, it can also be used to determine how a subject can improve their performance.

GaitTrak and RunTrak both provide a simplified gait measurement report using Microsoft Excel templates. The subject is equipped with motion capture markers, and all the evaluator needs to do is input the trials to be calculated, the subject's information, and the events to be measured. If you'd like to learn more about Cortex, GaitTrak, RunTrak, or our motion capture packages, including cameras, contact us today at +1 (707) 579-6521.

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Gait Analysis and Biomechanics

Cortex motion capture software allows industry professionals to conduct accurate gait analysis to observe running and walking biomechanics. With GaitTrak, our gait analysis application, you can generate a complete kinematic report of the lower extremities. If force plates are used, you can also receive kinetics measures as well as the body's center of mass location and velocities. Whether you're a medical professional, a product designer, or a sports biomechanics specialist, the gait analysis and biomechanics application in Cortex will help you perform more accurate tracking and measurements of your subjects. Contact Motion Analysis today to request a quote!

What is Gait Analysis?

Gait analysis is a systematic way to look at the running and walking biomechanics of a subject. Using low-latency cameras and motion capture software, evaluators are able to slow down the videos to look at the subject's mechanics frame by frame. They can look at each joint during each phase in the gait cycle to see if there are any irregularities or areas of concern. Simple things like a longer than normal stride can cause a range of problems, including hamstring pain or plantar fasciitis. Looking at the small motions separately and as a whole can help evaluators identify problematic movement patterns and more accurate diagnoses of underlying pathologies.

Gait analysis and biomechanics can be used in chiropractic and osteopathic professions, as gait issues can indicate issues with the pelvis or sacrum. Additionally, comparative gait analysis can be conducted on non-human animals, allowing evaluators to have a greater understanding of the biomechanics of a specific species or locomotion as a whole. This can be used in a wide range of research and educational purposes. Comparative measurements can also be used in sports biomechanics to compare the performance of one athlete to another.

GaitTrak provides an easy, simplified way to measure your subject's gait and generate a report prepared for Microsoft Excel. You only need to enter the trials to be calculated, the subject's information, and the events that you'd like to measure. If you'd like to learn more about Cortex, GaitTrak, or our motion tracking cameras, contact us today at +1 (707) 579-6521.

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MoCap Software

Cortex MoCap software offers industry professionals the most complete set of visualization tools available. Used at sites around the world, our fully integrated motion capture software is recognized for its accuracy and flexibility for a wide range of applications. From creating computer-animated characters with life-like movements to biomechanics and prototype development, our software allows you to complete tasks quickly and accurately. All motion capture measurements and calculations are handled within Cortex, allowing for a streamlined workflow. For over 35 years, Motion Analysis has been on the cutting edge of motion capture technology. Contact us today to learn more about Cortex or to request a quote. Computer animation is the most widely recognized use for MoCap software, but it's a powerful tool for a wide range of industries. Motion capture software is used in:

  • Entertainment - creating life-like characters for video games, movies, and broadcast
  • Movement Analysis - including sports performance, biomechanics, clinical gait analysis, research, and education
  • Industrial - ergonomics research, product development, military training, virtual reality and augmented reality simulations

How does Motion Capture Work?

Motion capture uses cameras to track the subtle movements of a subject wearing mocap markers. The data is then transferred to a computer equipped with the mocap software. The software processes the data and creates a virtual skeleton that moves with the subject in real-time. For entertainment applications, this allows the director and production team to see a rough animated version of the actor's performance. In sports applications, coaches can evaluate a player's form, equipment angles, kinetics, and kinematics. Medical professionals can track and measure a subject's gait to develop treatment plans and physical therapy.

Ford Motor Company utilized our mocap system to evaluate the ergonomics of their production line. They were able to identify and correct several key issues that led to repetitive, stress-related injuries. Since implementing those changes, stress-related injuries like rotator cuff tears, strains, and spinal compression significantly decreased. Additionally, the quality of new vehicles increased to five times the national average as workers experienced fewer injuries, pain, and better health. Cortex includes integrated tools and additional modules for use in any application. We also offer high-quality, low latency mocap cameras and markers. BaSix, our latest line of markers, are suit-less full-body active markers featuring configurable LED arrays that can be fitted onto a subject in under 60 seconds. If you'd like to learn more about any of our products, contact us today by calling +1 (707) 579-6521 or fill out our online form.

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