By analyzing ground-force patterns after subjects jumped as high as possible, Australian researchers were able to devise a simple method of evaluating training or rehabilitation progress. Edith Cowan University (ECU) scientists analyzed participants’ moves “using a technique that you can use in the home or gym to assess whether your training or rehabilitation from an injury, illness or disease, is on track,” according to principal investigator Anthony J. Blazevich, PhD, professor, ECU School of Medical and Health Sciences.

Since preliminary findings are promising, investigators intend to continue testing the method on other movements, such as walking, stair climbing and running. If successful, the approach could be applied by fitness professionals, as well as medical professionals, to evaluate training efficacy.

Find the research in Royal Society Open Science (2020; 7 [8]).

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