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Motion Analysis and Performance Laboratory

Movement science drives our training

At Apex Athletic Performance, our Motion Analysis and Performance Laboratory (MAP Lab) offers human biomechanical evaluation and clinically relevant research in movement science.

We provide a place where our clinicians and community work together for tailored health and athletic performance solutions.

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Our specialties

Our facility specializes in evaluating patients of all ages and lifestyles, including pediatric/adolescent, adult, geriatric and high-performance athletic. We use the same technologies often available only to collegiate programs and professional athletes. By taking advantage of these tools, our athletes learn how and why their bodies move – and they can safely enhance their performance.

We evaluate sport-specific movements including running gait, golf swings, overhand throws and movements requiring explosive power. The MAP Lab utilizes leading edge science and evidence-based methodologies to help athletes and orthopedic patients reach their ultimate performance unique to their bodies.

We focus on

  • Identifying and quantifying muscle function for improved athletic performance.
  • Developing treatment plans for patients with movement disorders and motor dysfunction diagnoses.
  • Evaluating metabolic function at rest and during exercise by conducting graded exercise testing.
  • Providing training, education and clinical evaluation for evidence-based research focused on strength and conditioning and rehabilitation.

Comprehensive Biomechanical Analysis

The MAP Lab utilizes up-to-date tools and techniques with every biomechanical analysis. For athletes who are trying to improve specific skills, like a baseball pitch or golf-swing, high speed video and state of the art software is used to evaluate critical aspects of high-level performance like agility, coordination and speed of motion. This in-depth analysis helps coaches identify opportunities for improvement and is invaluable in the development of individualized training programs.

Additional techniques are often used during a movement analysis, like electromyography (EMG) or the Functional Movement Screen (FMS), to develop a more individualized corrective exercise prescription. Electromyography helps us understand muscular activation, a function mostly hidden from the naked eye, which is especially useful when performing movements critical to training and competition. The FMS is widely-use for the a similar purpose, that helps expose limitations in movement in order to enhance mobility through range of motion and stability.

Pediatric gait analysis

At the MAP Lab, we provide 3D gait analyses for many pediatric patients, including children with cerebral palsy, spina bifida and other neuromuscular conditions that may cause them to have difficulty walking or running.

We work collaboratively with  orthopedic and pediatric physicians and physical therapists to identify specific gait deviations and the causes of these abnormalities. While many pediatric gait abnormalities can be followed and treated conservatively, some gait deviations require a more comprehensive approach to evaluation and treatment.

A 3D gait analysis can help to:

  • Monitor the progression of neuromuscular diseases.
  • Plan surgical procedures.
  • Evaluate postoperative outcomes.
  • Recommend nonsurgical intervention.
  • Assess the effects of bracing.

What equipment does the MAP Laboratory utilize?

  • Vicon 16-camera 3D motion capture system
  • Noraxon DTS wireless EMG system
  • AMTI floor-embedded force plates
  • KORR CardioCoach metabolic cart
  • TruGolf Vista 10 golf simulator
  • Wattbike Pro indoor cycle ergometer
  • Sorinex fully functional weight training rack
  • Dartfish software for 2D analysis
  • OptoGait gait analysis system
  • GYMAWARE velocity-based training monitor
  • Xsens inertial measurement unit (IMU) monitors
  • FLIR thermal imaging camera
  • Woodway 4Front treadmill

Request an appointment at the MAP Laboratory

Typically, a physician will refer patients to the Motion Analysis and Performance Laboratory for a 3D gait analysis. In many cases, this will be an orthopedic specialist or physical therapist. Patients also are welcome to contact the MAP Lab directly via our patient referral line at 803-434-9421 to inquire about a visit.

Apex Athletic Performance - Sports Science Price List

3D Motion Analysis $360
A real-time 3D biomechanical analysis of any individual motion that can be integrated with other cutting-edge technology, like force plate data, muscular activation and high-definition imaging.
VO2 Assessment $150
During this multi-stage exercise test, an individual’s oxygen consumption is analyzed concurrent to heart rate, blood pressure response, ventilation and more, on a Woodway treadmill or cycle ergometer (Wattbike™) to determine current fitness level. Sign up »
Wingate (Anaerobic Capacity) $50
This 30-second maximal intensity anaerobic power test is administered on our cycle ergometer (Wattbike™). It reveals an individual’s anaerobic capacity during high-intensity exercise by identifying peak power production and rate of fatigue. Results provide clear training zones for a competitive training program and help an individual decide the next step in their athletic development. Sign up »
Functional Movement Screen™ (FMS) $45
A Functional Movement Screen™ (FMS) is a widely-used tool to help identify limitations in movement. Once identified, these can be corrected through the prescription of specific exercise programs and changes in motion that are designed to enhance stability and mobility. Sign up »
Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR)
One test $50
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Two tests $90
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Resting metabolic rate (RMR) is the measurement of how much food, or energy, is required to maintain basic body functions such as heartbeat, and breathing, while in a state of rest and is expressed in calories per day. A baseline assessment of RMR can used as a baseline to track recent positive lifestyle changes or the efficacy of a nutrition program.
2D Movement Analysis Packages – please contact use to decide which analysis best fits your needs.
Includes 90-minute one-on-one session and a post-visit exercise prescription. Hi-speed video and dynamic software is used to break down inefficient patterns of movement and other limitations by applying insights based on physiology, anatomy, and biomechanical principles on athletic performance. This concentrated analysis will pinpoint specific enhancements for individual performance. The analysis shows how to safely and effectively improve any functional motion, from a little league baseball pitch to mastering a golf swing for the retiree trying to improve their game.
Motion package: includes a video of the individual’s 2-D movement patterns and a Dartfish synchronized video breakdown of the movement. $125
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Advanced package: includes a video of the individual’s movement patterns, a Dartfish synchronized breakdown of the movement, and an Optogait gait analysis. $150
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Premium package*: includes video of the individual’s movement patterns, Dartfish synchronized video breakdown of the movement, Optogait gait analysis, force plate information about limb loading, and EMG muscular activation information. $200
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Golf Simulator Rental
30-minute session $20
60-minute session $35
Our indoor Trugolf Vista 10 simulator with TruTrack + E6 Technology is available for rental for those interested in transitioning their practice into in-game performance. Engage in deliberate training by playing 18 holes from an expansive library of realistic courses in 4K.