Gait and Motion Analysis Laboratory

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The Gait and Motion Analysis Laboratory at the PMI is equipped with a state-of-the-art three dimensional VICON motion analysis system, two ground embedded force platforms and a range of pressure sensing technologies to gather high quality and comprehensive three-dimensional analysis of all human movements. This world class facility is the only one of its type in Essex and is dedicated to providing applied research, scientific support and consultancy opportunities across a wide variety of patient groups and active populations.

The Gait and Motion Analysis Laboratory at the PMI allows the examination of a wide variety of movement patterns, ranging from everyday tasks such as walking and stair climbing, to more specific and faster sporting movements. The laboratory is used to investigate movements across all aspects of health and clinical research, and researchers are actively involved in collaborations with PMI and external partners to investigate new and innovative areas relating to movement analysis.

We are committed to providing tailored movement assessments that are available to all, from elite athletes through to those seeking general health and wellbeing. We offer a wide range of services that encompass clinical assessment, rehabilitation and injury prevention, technological and design evaluation as well as the analysis of sports performance.

The gait and motion analysis laboratory at Anglia Ruskin is working towards CMAS accreditation, an industry leading national assessment, which will lead to the development of a high quality clinical movement analysis service. The services will harness state-of-the-art biomechanical technology to gather detailed data on movement patterns during walking in patients with a variety of movement-related conditions.  The use of clinical gait analysis is increasingly used by clinicians to inform treatment decisions and will provide leading-edge support to health professionals treating a range of movement disorders.

Projects

Currently, we are playing a large role in a collaborative research partnership between Anglia Ruskin University and the world renowned St Andrews Centre for Plastic Surgery and Burns by examining the effects of surgical interventions and a range of treatment modalities to provide greater knowledge and understanding for patients, surgeons and clinicians. Research examining the effects of surgical techniques, different injury severities and modalities and the healing and rehabilitation after severe injury are providing exciting insights into the changes in movement patterns that occur in affected populations, with the aim being to provide significant contributions to the on-going management and rehabilitation of those affected.

Research papers

Attenborough AS, Sinclair PJ, Smith RM, Sharp T, Greene A, Stuelcken M, Hiller CE (2015). A snapshot of chronic ankle instability in a cohort of netball players. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sports, In Press.

Greene, A.J., Stuelcken, M.C, Smith, R.M. and Vanwanseele, B. (2015) The effect of external ankle support on the kinematics and kinetics of the lower limb during a side step cutting task in netballers. BMC Sports Science, Medicine and Rehabilitation, In Press.

Wegener, C., Greene, A., Hunt, A.E., Vanwanseele, B., Burns, J. and Smith R.M. (2015) In-shoe multi-segment foot kinematics of children during the propulsive phase of walking and running. Human Movement Science, 39, 200-211.

Attenborough, A.S., Hiller,C.E., Smith,R.M., Stuelcken, M., Greene, A. and Sinclair, P.J. (2014) Chronic Ankle Instability in Sporting Populations, Sports Medicine, 44 (11), 1545-1556.

Sharp,T., Halaki, M., Greene, A. and Vanwanseele, B (2014) An EMG assessment of Front Row Rugby Union Scrummaging. International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport, 14, 225-237.

Barlow, H., Halaki, M., Stuelcken, M., Greene, A. and Sinclair, P. (2014). The effect of different kick start positions on OMEGA OSB11 blocks on free swimming time to 15 meters in developmental level swimmers. Human Movement Science, 34 (1), 178-186.

Vanwanseele, B., Stuelcken, M.C, Greene, A.J. and Smith, R. (2014). The effect of external ankle support on knee and ankle joint movement and loading in netball players. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 17 (5), 511-515.

Contact us

Faculty of Medical Science, Postgraduate Medical Institute
Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford Campus
Bishop Hall Lane, Chelmsford, CM1 1SQ

Email: pmi@anglia.ac.uk