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Motion Analysis and Performance Laboratory

Science is the Apex difference

Apex Athletic PerformanceAt Apex Athletic Performance, body and movement science drives our training model. Our Motion Analysis and Performance Laboratory (MAP Lab) offers human biomechanical evaluation and clinically relevant research in movement science, where our clinicians and community join to discover tailored solutions for better health and athletic performance.

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Our facility specializes in evaluating patients of all ages and lifestyles, including pediatric/adolescent, adult and high-performance athletics.

Our team takes pride in being able to evaluate sport-specific movements, including running gaits, 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.

Serving Columbia, Lexington and the greater Midlands of South Carolina, the laboratory focuses on:

  • Identifying and quantifying muscle function for improved athletic performance.
  • Developing treatment plans for patients with neuromusculoskeletal 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.

At Apex MAP Lab, 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.

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.

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.

Apex Athletic Performance - Sports Science Price List

High-speed video analysis (movement and skills analysis with written report), 1 hour
2-dimensional high-speed video analysis $200
3-dimensional high-speed video analysis $300
Functional movement analysis, sport-related or gait analysis, no video $90
VO2 max testing $150
Wingate test $50
Functional movement screen $45