Athletic Assessment

bwellhealth offers an array of tests to help enhance you or your child’s athletic performance.  We will assess and evaluate specific movements using the Optojump Next. Feedback will be generated and proper recommendations will be given to not only increase you or your child’s athletic performance but give you/them the tools to prevent injury as well.

Below are some of the tests that we offer here at the office.

Comprehensive Gait Analysis

Your feet are bestowed with the difficult job of supporting your entire body weight. In order to perform this job efficiently it’s important that all the muscles and bones in your feet remain in the proper alignment. Even small changes in this structure can create strain on the muscles and irritation of the joints of your foot.

gait       gaitshoes

We will take a look at your walking gait while barefoot and compare it with shoes on using the Optojump system.  Based on the results objectively and visually we will develop individual exercises specifically to build efficient walking mechanics to minimize the risk of pain in the lower back and extremity region. See Gait Training for more details.

ACL Injury Prevention Screening

3 essential components of comprehensive training include

  1. Dynamic, biomechanically correct movement skills – by using dynamic, multiplanar, sport-specific movements that challenge the proprioceptive system
    1. Drop Jump
    2. Squat Jump
  2. Neuromuscular patterning based on identified underlying neuromuscular imbalances – if maneuvers are performed improperly, they will reinforce improper techniques
  3. We will give continuous and immediate feedback during and after all exercises
Speed & Agility Testing (5-dot drill)

This drill is a training tool to measure and enhance quickness and agility.  With the optojump system, we will have you perform the 5-dot drill, and measure you speed, quickness, and ability in real-time.  Your results will be compared to the national standards so you will be able to get a better incentive of where you stand.

5 dot mat

 The Dot Drill is made up of five different drills, each done six times.
1. Up and Back
1. Start with feet on A and B
2. Now jump quickly to C with both feet
3. Then jump and split feet to D and E
4. Come back the same way jumping backwards
5. Repeat 5 more times (6 total)
2. Right Foot
1.Your feet are now on A and B
2.Jump on C with your right foot
3.Jump with your right foot on D, E, C, A, B
4.Repeat 5 times (6 times in total)
3.Left Foot
1.The previous exercise ends with your right foot on B
2.Jump With left foot on C
3.Jump with your left foot on D, E, C, A, B
4.Repeat 5 times (6 times in total)
4. Both Feet
1.The previous exercise ends with your left foot on B
2.Jump with both feet on C
3.Jump with both feet on D, E, C, A, B
4.Jump back to the starting point
5.Repeat 5 times (6 times in total)
5. Turn Around
1.The previous exercise ends with both feet on B
2.Jump with both feet on C
3.Jump putting one foot on D and one on E, just like in exercise #1
4.Turn around clockwise 180° (your feet will still be on D and E)
5.Jump on C with both feet and then with one on A and one on B
6.Turn again around to the left (anti-clockwise) 180° and start again
7.Repeat 5 times (6 times in total)

Dynamic, Stability, & Symmetry (Drift Protocol)

The Drift Protocol is a test developed for verifying an athlete’s or a patient’s ‘dynamic stability’ by having him/her carry out 4 tests one after another on one leg measuring his/her displacement (drift) on the vertical and horizontal axis.

Aim of Test
  • 5 jumps with RIGHT leg and feet PARALLEL to the OptoJump bars
  • 5 jumps with LEFT leg and feet PARALLEL to the OptoJump bars
  • 5 jumps with RIGHT leg and feet PERPENDICULAR to the OptoJump bars
  • 5 jumps with LEFT leg and feet PERPENDICULAR to the OptoJump bars  

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The results will determine your dynamic stability between the left and right jumping ability.  The test will take into account; average height, power[W/Kg], Contact time[s], Flight time[s], Left/Right Drift[cm], Front/Back Drift[cm], and the standard deviations of Left/Right & Front/Back.  A graph will also give you a visualization of your landing points between your left and right leg which includes your range of tendencies.  The wider range will demonstrate instability which shows in greater risk of injury.