Your force plates can provide you a myriad of information that can take your diagnostics and exercise prescription to the next level, which in turn will optimise athlete or patient outcomes. However, the amount of information can also be overwhelming and overly complicated. These series of resources are designed as short courses that strip back the use of force plates to fundamentals, keeping it simple to understand and easy to implement. The journey begins with a refresher on muscle physiology and mechanics. You will then look inside a few variables that can guide assessment and exercise prescription for isometrics and concentrics. Thereafter some additional variables will be introduced that will guide your assessing and prescribing of eccentrics and stretch-shorten cycle movements. You will also be introduced to balance assessment and programming. Underlying all this will be how force plates can be used to restore or improve force capability from a muscle, tendon and/or connective tissue perspective.
This free resource starts off by introducing you to forces and force plates. Thereafter, each module will unpack different parts of the force plate signal, starting with the weighing phase. Each module will have a part A and B. Part A will; discuss the mechanics and/or physiology associated with that part of the signal and/or identify the part of the signal of interest and how to interpret what you are seeing. Part B usually takes the data interpretation piece into an exercise prescription resource, and in some resources into a case study. All resources are practically oriented, providing you with the opportunity to learn by doing. New modules will be released each month, so be sure to keep checking back for updates!
In this resource, the paradigm shift in muscle force testing will be briefly introduced and and some of the strength assessments used in current practice reviewed. You will be reminded about the various contraction modes and types available for muscle force testing. Thereafter the remainder of the presentation will address the knowledge base around force-time data with a particular emphasis on impulse and rate of force development.
An introduction to force plates for physiotherapists with practical examples of force plate analysis of jump performance and clinical applications for rehabilitation in sports and community practice.
Force plates are becoming more affordable, accessible and easy to use. Hear JC and Hamish talk about force plate fundamentals then hear two Specialist Sports Physiotherapists (Neil Tucker and Jacinta Horan) talk about how they use force plates in their practice in sports and community practice populations to guide rehab and to improve rehabilitation adherence and motivation.
As a practitioner I believe that you need to understand:
For example, by improving your understanding and skills around assessment of your clients and athletes, your understanding of the biomechanics and/or physiology should be enhanced and your programming better informed. So this is what you get with JC Online – resources that are mostly unique, are integrated, can be trusted and have the potential to transform what you to do and give you more confidence as an educator, coach and practitioner.
Each course has a theme which have three modules within it: