How technology can prevent sports injuries
If you're visiting the Park Nicollet Rehab Services Center in Maple Grove, chances are that you've suffered some sort of sports injury.

"For the most part, patients that we see here are either coming off a surgery or do have some sort of a background injury that brings them in," said Luke Dueffert, a physical therapist.

He says that among all of the equipment they use in the clinic to treat injuries, they have a program available for people, especially golfers, to help prevent injuries using a little modern technology.

"The program that we use is SIMI," he said. "It's a two-dimensional camera analysis program, allows us to slow things down to about 120 frames per second, so it really gives us an in-depth, a really close-up view of the golf swing."

Dueffert took CCX News through a demonstration Tuesday morning using Park Nicollet Spokesman Patrick Strait.

"I'm looking for the quality of Patrick's movement, and I'm looking for how much of a rotation he gets," Dueffert said.

After going through an initial screening to analyze Patrick's range of motion, Dueffert had Patrick take a few golf swings.

All the while, cameras captured his every move.

Afterwards, they were able to go through the video in slow motion to critique Patrick's swing in a way they couldn't do with the naked eye.

"No. 1, we're absolutely looking to make sure that somebody isn't doing something to set themselves up for injury," Dueffert said.

The analysis found that Patrick doesn't have good hip rotation, among other things. And while it's not Dueffert's job to help Patrick master the perfect swing, what he can do is set Patrick up with the knowledge to help him have success, and fewer injuries, in the long run.

"We're not gonna make you try to have your swing look like Rory McIlroy or look like Sergio Garcia, you're gonna try to swing the way that your body allows you to," Dueffert said.

Meanwhile, the program isn't just limited to golfers. The clinic can also analyze movements associated with baseball, softball, tennis and running, among other sports.

To schedule an appointment, call 952-993-5900.

Delane Cleveland

June 13, 2017


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