Video game technology helps MU physical therapists

1 year 9 months 1 week ago Monday, January 01 2018 Jan 1, 2018 Monday, January 01, 2018 4:16:00 PM CST January 01, 2018 in News
By: Matt Weller, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA - MU researchers think they have found the next breakthrough in physical therapy: video games.

Researchers believe the same technology used to detect a gamer's movement or program players into their favorite games can be used to aid in injury recovery.

The technology tracks a person's movement and creates a visual output for a therapist to study. Researchers said it will make it easier for doctors and therapists to make more exact calculations on a patient's condition and flexibility.

"It works the same when video game technology works," said Associate Professor of Physical Therapy Trent Guess. "It takes a snapshot of a 3-D image of the front of your body and it fits a skeletal model to that."

"Currently, when we measure motion, we measure it with our eyes. We aren't able to put numbers on things," said Dr. Aaron Gray. "So with this technology, we are able to quickly and accurately measure motion and give a number or value to that motion."

Gray said the device will be especially helpful with knee injuries.

"We've looked at risk factors for people tearing their ACL, dislocating their knee cap, or even having runners knee. Medical research shows us that when athletes squat on a single leg that their knee caves in and they're at higher risk of injury," Gray said. "So some of our initial work is having athletes drop off of a box and onto the ground and then jumping as high as they can, then we can measure how much their knees cave in."

Researchers have been using the Microsoft Kinect for the study, which retails for just $100.

"Traditionally, motion analysis is done in expensive labs where the cost of equipment can be up to $150,000 and the motions sensors we are trying to use now are one one-thousandth of the cost," Gray said.

Gray said the cheaper alternative could allow future patients to do more in-home therapy.

"This could be something where you do exercises at home and get feedback from the video game system. Many people have played video games like the dancing games where the game tracks your movement and tells you whether you're doing it correctly or incorrectly," he said.

Gray said it's still unclear if the technology can help reduce recovery times, but initial testing shows it's possible. He said the next step will be more intensive testing to determine if the device can measure things like impact forces.

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY - A precautionary boil water advisory has been issued for Missouri American Water customers in Jefferson City after... More >>
22 minutes ago Wednesday, October 16 2019 Oct 16, 2019 Wednesday, October 16, 2019 2:16:00 PM CDT October 16, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - A Pennsylvania law firm has filed a class-action lawsuit against Hy-Vee. The lawsuit comes after the grocery... More >>
1 hour ago Wednesday, October 16 2019 Oct 16, 2019 Wednesday, October 16, 2019 1:31:00 PM CDT October 16, 2019 in News
DETROIT (AP) — Bargainers for General Motors and the United Auto Workers have reached a tentative contract deal that could... More >>
3 hours ago Wednesday, October 16 2019 Oct 16, 2019 Wednesday, October 16, 2019 11:05:35 AM CDT October 16, 2019 in News
COLE COUNTY - A St. Thomas man is dead after a tractor crash Tuesday evening. According to the Missouri... More >>
4 hours ago Wednesday, October 16 2019 Oct 16, 2019 Wednesday, October 16, 2019 9:53:00 AM CDT October 16, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - New trail markers identifying places of interest in the African American community are coming to the downtown Columbia... More >>
10 hours ago Wednesday, October 16 2019 Oct 16, 2019 Wednesday, October 16, 2019 3:53:00 AM CDT October 16, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The local segment of a national student film competition called "Campus Movie Fest" (CMF) is starting Wednesday at... More >>
10 hours ago Wednesday, October 16 2019 Oct 16, 2019 Wednesday, October 16, 2019 3:52:00 AM CDT October 16, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia school district is investigating after a racist image imitating the web site of Columbia's Gentry Middle... More >>
17 hours ago Tuesday, October 15 2019 Oct 15, 2019 Tuesday, October 15, 2019 9:24:00 PM CDT October 15, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri Police Department (MUPD) is investigating a sexual assault that happened over the weekend near... More >>
18 hours ago Tuesday, October 15 2019 Oct 15, 2019 Tuesday, October 15, 2019 7:53:00 PM CDT October 15, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Twelve Democratic presidential candidates took stage Tuesday night in Ohio while mid-Missouri viewers watched on television. The debate... More >>
18 hours ago Tuesday, October 15 2019 Oct 15, 2019 Tuesday, October 15, 2019 7:44:00 PM CDT October 15, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri released the results Tuesday of a survey on the campus climate surrounding sexual assault... More >>
19 hours ago Tuesday, October 15 2019 Oct 15, 2019 Tuesday, October 15, 2019 7:27:00 PM CDT October 15, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY- Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway said Tuesday Missouri is in no shape to handle a recession if financial... More >>
19 hours ago Tuesday, October 15 2019 Oct 15, 2019 Tuesday, October 15, 2019 7:13:00 PM CDT October 15, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - From ear to ear, it's hard to miss 94-year-old Elmo Winterhalter's smile. "I don't know I've always... More >>
19 hours ago Tuesday, October 15 2019 Oct 15, 2019 Tuesday, October 15, 2019 6:40:00 PM CDT October 15, 2019 in EmVP
COLUMBIA - MU Health Care unveiled a new therapeutic, outdoor activity center for patients Tuesday. The area has a... More >>
22 hours ago Tuesday, October 15 2019 Oct 15, 2019 Tuesday, October 15, 2019 4:14:00 PM CDT October 15, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Three people were hospitalized after a crash involving an ambulance shut down two major roads Tuesday afternoon. ... More >>
23 hours ago Tuesday, October 15 2019 Oct 15, 2019 Tuesday, October 15, 2019 3:20:00 PM CDT October 15, 2019 in News
MOKANE - Mokane City Council met last week to discuss plans to reconstruct their old waste and drinking water system.... More >>
23 hours ago Tuesday, October 15 2019 Oct 15, 2019 Tuesday, October 15, 2019 3:09:00 PM CDT October 15, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Governor Mike Parson signed an executive order Tuesday to create a campaign to educate, warn, and deter... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, October 15 2019 Oct 15, 2019 Tuesday, October 15, 2019 1:32:00 PM CDT October 15, 2019 in News
KANSAS CITY (KSHB) — You never know what you'll encounter as a police officer. One day, you may walk... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, October 15 2019 Oct 15, 2019 Tuesday, October 15, 2019 12:47:00 PM CDT October 15, 2019 in News
LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, who is on a record-breaking pace during the first half of the season, and Wisconsin running... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, October 15 2019 Oct 15, 2019 Tuesday, October 15, 2019 12:10:00 PM CDT October 15, 2019 in Sports
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 51°
3pm 55°
4pm 54°
5pm 54°
6pm 52°