The Functional Assessment Suite is equipped with 2 AMTI force plates that can measure forces and moments in 3D and an H2W Perturbation Table capable of inducing linear and rotational perturbations. These devices can also be integrated into the motion capture system allowing for a simultaneous operation of all the devices involved.
Functional Assessment Suite
The Functional Assessment Suite is equipped to conduct research, offer community programs and perform assessments that measure movement, flexibility, strength and balance. We are furnished with cutting-edge equipment that is used in biomechanics research and clinical assessments and are able to service a wide range of fields including clinical research, occupational biomechanics, athletic performance, and industrial research.
List of Services
Our facility is equipped with 8 modular Vicon MX T20 cameras, individual markers and marker clusters that can be arranged for a custom marker set-up that satisfies your motion capture data collection needs. Full-body, half-body, segment and object-tracking capture setups are possible. Motion capture data can be concurrently captured with EMG, footswitch, and force plate data allowing for comprehensive research.
A 16-channel Noraxon TeleMyo DTS unit is available for projects that require electromyography (EMG) and/or footswitches. The Functional Assessment Suite can assist with collection, processing and analysis of signals to analyze muscle activity. The DTS unit can be integrated into the motion capture system, enabling simultaneous collection of device data.
A 20ft long ProtoKinetics Zeno Walkway mat can be used to conduct gait analysis. This device is particularly useful when gait and balance characteristics of specific populations want to be evaluated.
Our software library includes MATLAB, Vicon Nexus, BodyBuilder, Polygon, and PKMAS for data processing, analysis, and presentation purposes. We also have the programming expertise to assist with these aspects of projects.
Marchiano joined PERFORM as the Supervisor of the Functional Assessment Suite. He oversees biomechanics-related activities. Marchiano supports academic and industry researchers with multiple facets of biomechanical projects including coordinating time, space and equipment requirements, data collection and post-collection processing, analysis and presentation. He has programming expertise in MATLAB and is very knowledgeable in motion capture, EMG, and force measurement and biomechanical signal processing and analysis.
Marchiano received his BSc in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo and his MSc in Biomechanics from Queen’s University. He has also worked at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute where he furthered his research and enhanced his technical knowledge and skills.
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