A variety of assessment devices have been developed for scientific investigation on human movement that can also be used to assess the progress of a rehabilitation program. The present investigation was undertaken to show how this technology can be combined with the most aggressive type of medical intervention and rehabilitation. Advanced technology was used to assess the physical rehabilitation parameters of active range of motion (AROM) and sport-specific functional progression for an Olympic-caliber diver who had bilateral wrist problems. AROM was measured for both wrists using a Flock of Birds motion-tracking device, and functional progression was assessed with an Advanced Mechanical Technology Inc. force platform for measuring the center of pressure (CP) area. The results of the treatment were clinically favorable, with an increase in AROM and a decrease in the CP area for functional motor control. The technology provided useful information about the progress of a rehabilitation program.
S.M. Slobounov, R. Simon, and W.E. Buckley are with the Department of Kinesiology, College of Health and Human Development, Penn State University. W. Sebastianelli and A. Carlson are with the Center for Sports Medicine, Penn State University. Direct correspondence to W.E. Buckley, Department of Kinesiology, 103 White Building, Penn State University, University Park, PA 16802.