As the only private facility in Canada to use true 3D Motion Capture, we bring something to the Sports Science world that other facilities around us do not – the ability to test athletes in their true field – whether it be a tennis court, hockey rink, baseball diamond, or any other sport ground. When testing an athlete in their natural playing environment at their full-neurological and athletic potential, the data collected is the most accurate reflection of the athlete.
At The Performance Lab, our number one purpose is to apply sports science to create tangible performance and rehabilitation gains to get our athletes and patients Better, Faster. The way in which we are able to measure precise athlete movement, delve into specific coordination patterns, and determine the hidden links to an athlete’s performance is remarkable. It can also be overwhelming when one does not understand how to apply all of the data we are able to collect. It is easy to revert back to what is a comfortable or classic coaching approach when new information is not understood; here at the Performance Lab, we work hard to bridge that gap and bring the benefits of sports science to the athletes and their coaches. The sports science world is moving forward faster than ever, and we are here to make sure you keep your competitive edge.
No two athletes are exactly the same. There are ideal movement patterns that are seen in all elite level players, however, variation in size, strength, and athleticism affect how different athletes will execute the same movement. Only with 3D Optical Motion Capture technology can we measure movement with unmatched precision and identify these patterns that cannot be seen with the naked eye. We then pinpoint precise weaknesses of each athlete in order to address training appropriately and efficiently to optimize both coordinative patterns and performance outcomes that bring athletes to the next level.
Our tri-axial force plate measures the force relationship between the athlete and the ground in the vertical, lateral, and horizontal planes, while most force plates in other training facilities only measure in one plane. This dissects not only the magnitude and direction of the forces being applied, but the unique way that the force is applied – the athlete Neuro-ID. This includes rate of force development, eccentric to concentric force transfer, impulse, ground contact time and several other measures. Identifying an athlete’s Neuro-ID this assists us in directing training appropriately to minimize injury and maximize performance.
We are constantly innovating and improving our testing methods, most recently embedding a Force Plate into our in-house pitching mound.