IMeasureU introduces IMU Step for tracking movements of professional, amateur athletes

By November 28, 2017News

Source: News Medical

Used by Athletes in Professional Sports and Collegiate Organizations, Including Members of the Pac-12 and Harvard University.

IMeasureU, a division of the Academy Award-winning motion capture leader Vicon, today announces the release of IMU Step, a new piece of motion-sensing wearable tech designed to track the movements of professional and amateur athletes. Early units are already being used by both professional sports and collegiate programs alike, including the NBA, Pac-12 schools and Harvard University to help train and rehabilitate athletes across a wide variety of sports.

Consisting of two small, lightweight sensors that produce highly accurate movement data, IMU Step gives coaches and athletes the ability to precisely measure the movements and stress put on athletes’ bodies in any running-based sport. While IMU Step will soon be available to the public, IMeasureU has been working with professional and collegiate athletes for years. Harvard University recently used IMU sensors to study the impact of runners in the Boston Marathon, and Pac-12 schools the University of Oregon, Stanford, USC and the University of Colorado are also currently using the sensors to help understand the injuries commonly sustained by cross country runners.

“IMU sensors allow for the collection of biomechanics data in the wild,” said Harvard Medical School’s Dr. Irene Davis. “Devices like IMU Step allow the assessment of movement patterns on the court or in the field, and help to bridge the gap between laboratory research and applied sports science.”

Along with the Boston Marathon, Harvard is also preparing to use the sensors in an NBA/G co-funded study designed to measure bone stress injuries in collegiate and professional basketball players, and monitor changes as a result of fatigue. Thanks to the recent acquisition by Vicon, the world’s largest supplier of precision motion capture and tracking systems, IMeasureU hopes to offer its IMU Step technology to participants around the world in any sport.

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