Inside the Mapp Building holds one of many rooms that has huge potential to help athletes and people everywhere. The UTC Motion Analysis Lab researches ways to prevent running injuries and improve running performance. Motion capture technology available collects data from both jumping and running movement. Dr. Jeremiah Tate, lab director and professor, recently updated the lab’s equipment, but is needing assistance in processing data more efficiently along with instructing graduate assistants.

A collaboration with three 11th graders from the STEM School Chattanooga is how Dr. Tate started to get things in motion, literally. On August 14th, he provided a brief demonstration of how the lab is operated to the students.

He showed STEM students Eli Pajares, Daniel Gray and Matthew Deckman the computer program holding the data and how they will help with analysis. Dr. Tate and STEM School teacher Kenneth Kranz were both introduced by way of a mutual friend when the possibilities of a problem based learning school project met the needs of the Motion Analysis Laboratory.

Over nine weeks they will help create new data processing scripts and develop different data sets. Different sets can be categorized in possible variants from height, weight, gender to which leg is tested and importantly what sport the athlete competes in.

Dr. Jeremiah Tate (far left) giving quick overview of UTC Motion Analysis Lab.

Each sport has different patterns of motion, and when researchers analyze the data they are able to detect issues and identify physical therapy recommendations to reduce potential damage or recover from a previous injury.

The students will also be providing a screen-cast tutorial to future graduate assistants of the lab. Each student will present and demonstrate their processing scripts and screen-casts on October 2nd.



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