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Introducing the Scottish Rite for Children Automated Squat Event Algorithm


My name is Dr. Kim Duffy, the Senior Product Manager for Life Sciences at Vicon, and I am thrilled to announce the availability of the Scottish Rite for Children automated squat event algorithm, a powerful tool that has been developed to enhance the consistency and efficiency in squat data processing for biomechanics studies and clinical practice.


A Leap Forward in Biomechanics Research: The Automated Squat Event Algorithm

This remarkable development, now available for download from the Vicon website, is the result of dedicated efforts by Wilshaw Stevens and the esteemed Movement Science Lab at Scottish Rite for Children located in Dallas, Texas. The algorithm is designed to enable sports biomechanics researchers and clinicians to accurately identify key events within the squat cycle, enhancing the precision of data analysis and interpretation. The impact of this advancement extends beyond the research realm and directly benefits clinical practice by accommodating various squatting techniques and protocols.


The Role of Squatting in Sports, Research, and Health

Squatting is more than just a movement – it is a fundamental aspect of sports, research, and overall health. By studying and understanding the biomechanics of squatting, researchers can unlock insights that improve athletic performance, reduce the risk of injuries, and refine training techniques. For example, the ability to perform squats effectively can have a significant impact on an athlete’s performance. It’s a foundational movement that plays a pivotal role in various applications, including weightlifting, powerlifting, and track and field.


Efficiency and Consistency: Addressing the Growing Challenges in Biomechanics

As the field of biomechanics and motion capture continues to expand at a rapid pace, it creates an increased desire for more research volumes and participant capture sessions. Testing protocols are also evolving, making efficiency and consistency essential to our work. This algorithm is a significant step forward in addressing these challenges, streamlining data processing and reducing the variability that can often plague event placement.


A Word from Wilshaw Stevens

Allow me to introduce Wilshaw Stevens, a biomechanics research engineer who played a pivotal role in the development of the Scottish Rite for Children automated squat event algorithm:

“It brings me great excitement to share the automated squat events algorithm developed by my colleagues and I at the Movement Science Lab at Scottish Rite for Children. This algorithm empowers biomechanics researchers to reliably identify crucial events in the squat cycle. By utilizing this algorithm, researchers will experience a remarkable reduction in variability while enhancing the efficiency of data processing. This, in turn, allows us to gain deeper insights into how patients perform day-to-day tasks like squatting, ultimately benefiting our clinical partners.”


A Look Behind the Scenes: Algorithm Development

The Scottish Rite for Children Squat Event Detection algorithm is based on published research from the team, documented in the journal “Gait & Posture” (2018) https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gaitpost.2017.10.025. The algorithm has been meticulously crafted in conjunction with specific event criteria, ensuring precise placement of events that distinguish the descent and ascent phases of squatting across different protocols. The download package includes MATLAB algorithms for both squat types, illustrative example data, and comprehensive documentation.


Guidance for Integration: Tutorial Video by Vicon

To further assist you in incorporating this groundbreaking algorithm into your work, Vicon has created a comprehensive tutorial video. This video offers step-by-step guidance on installation and utilization within Vicon Nexus 2, making it even more accessible and user-friendly for the entire community.


Get in Touch!

We encourage open dialogue and collaboration within our community. Should you have any questions or inquiries about the Scottish Rite for Children Squat Event Detection algorithm, feel free to reach out to Wilshaw Stevens at [email protected].

As we embark on this new chapter in biomechanics research and clinical practice, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to the Scottish Rite for Children Movement Science Lab, Wilshaw Stevens, and all involved in this groundbreaking initiative. Together, we are propelling the boundaries of what’s possible in our field. We invite you to explore the algorithm, integrate it into your work, and continue pushing the boundaries of biomechanics research and its practical applications. Stay tuned for more advancements from the Vicon Life Science community!


Tutorial Video