RCCK

The Research Centre for Clinical Kinaesiology (RCCK) contains state-of-the-art equipment for biomechanical and physiological measurement.

The RCCK is our movement analysis laboratory, containing specialist equipment for measuring human movement from walking, jogging, sit-to-standing and standing balance. It is predominantly used for clinical rehabilitative research.

Our state-of-the-art equipment enables elaborate biomechanical and observational analysis of movement in a number of ways.

Our motion capture system uses techniques more familiarly used in the production of Hollywood blockbusters to analyse human movement in 3D, utilising 8 infra-red cameras and 2 integrated high speed digital video cameras. NIRS, our near-infrared spectroscopy system, has only recently been developed and enables measurement of changes in haemoglobin concentration completely non-invasively.

Our equipment includes:

  • VICON MX advanced kinematic system
  • Kistler force platforms to measure ground reaction
  • Emed Pedography platform and the Pedar X insoles
  • KinCom isokinetic dynamometer for analysing muscle performance
  • Silicon CoachTM and MATLAB© for video analysis of biomechanical activity
  • Cosmed K4b2 to monitor cardio-respiratory function
  • Artinis Near Infra-red Spectroscopy (NIRS) to assess the oxygenation status and haemodynamics of muscle
  • Diasus® Ultrasound for imaging the musculo-skeletal anatomy
  • Neurothesiometer to assess and determine sensation of the skin
  • Step Activity Monitor (SAM)
  • Cycle Ergometer & Treadmill to measure movement or fitness.

The laboratory is used for answering clinical research questions, predominantly within the repair, re-ablement, rehabilitation and recovery research theme:

  • rehabilitation - measurement of efficacy, progression and outcome of acute and chronic conditions
  • promoting and maintaining a healthy active lifestyle
  • evaluation of healthcare service delivery and development of professional practice.