Motion Analysis

The LECOR is one of a handful of laboratories in the United States that has the ability to perform comprehensive motion analysis in multiple species, including the horse. This allows laboratory members to test different ways to reduce pain from conditions like osteoarthritis and navicular disease. Various medicines, shoeing techniques and integrative medicine approaches are tested to determine how well they reduce lameness and restore normal gait. We are also working on a computer program to match horses with riders for physical therapy by determining the amount of force horses transfer to the rider as they move.

We used a three-dimensional motion analyzer system to quantify wrist extension, radial-ulnar deviation and range of motion using digital devices and compared them to their traditional counterparts, in dominant and non-dominant hands of male and female professionals.

Electronic graph showing motion analysis
Wrist with electrodes attached for motion analysis