Quintic Case Study : Quintic Biomechanics to Analyse Equine Gait.
How Quintic Biomechanics was used: When Douglas became injured, the owner wanted to objectively track his progress throughout his treatment and rehabilitation. A full 2D motion capture biomechanical high speed (400fps) analysis was undertaken. The data was objectively looked at for the whole horse locomotion but particular focus was made to the fore limb kinematics. As well as the angular data, high speed motion analysis was undertaken focusing on his foot balance and loading patterns.
During each screening phase of Douglas, a minimum of 6 walks (both left and right) were filmed at 400 fps using a Quintic 4MP camera and automatically digitised using Quintic Biomechanics software. The following marker template was used for all sessions to enable consistent, repeatable data to be analysed in Quintic and within the Equine Report. Further details and example reports can be viewed here: https://www.quinticsports.com/equine/
Anatomical Marking: 19mm reflective markers were positioned on
From the initial assessment, Douglas showed a significant asymmetry between his left and right fore fetlock. The left fetlock had reduced hyperextension during the loading phase. Fetlock hyperextension has been shown to be a reliable indicator of the amount of ground reaction forces exposed to the horse. Given that Douglas had injured his left fore, it would be expected that the left fetlock would display a reduced amount of hyperextension. The aim of doing the motion capture was to determine objectively to what extent the fetlock was loaded under different conditions and enable comparisons throughout the treatment and rehabilitation phase of his programme. It was also interesting to note how the change in gait pattern influenced other parameters, such as stride length, knee, elbow and shoulder angles.
Douglas is now assessed every three months to note any changes either positive or in some cases, negative. If negative, the owner can liaise with the vet, physio and farrier discussing if there is anything collectively that can be done to prevent a long term negative change. One of the main benefits of the Quintic motion capture is that the system can pick up any small changes which the human eye cannot see. It is these changes which could later manifest themselves into injury. Therefore, early detection is crucial to help prevent further injury and maintain performance.