The Research Centre for Clinical Kinaesiology
The Research Centre for Clinical Kinaesiology (RCCK) is our movement analysis laboratory, containing specialist equipment for measuring human movement from walking, jogging, sit-to-standing and standing balance.
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, enables non-invasive measurement of changes in haemoglobin.
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.