The gait analysis lab at IMAR is a purpose built room 18m by 9m which gives ample space for walking. There are currently four force platforms embedded in the floor and eight high spec 3D cameras in conjunction with four synchronised video cameras and 2 HD video cameras. Multiple wireless electromyographic systems allow simultaneous measurement of muscle activity whilst walking. This is an important tool in the management of children with cerebral palsy. The majority of referrals to the gait analysis service are from paediatric orthopaedic surgeons who look after the long term management of children who have conditions that affect their growth and development such as cerebral palsy and spina-bifida. However, it is not restricted to the assessment of children.
The lab has a raised roof in the centre which allows activities such as golf swing and tennis swing to be assessed using the same systems. The room is large enough to accommodate a car which allows assessment of removing victims following road traffic accidents. In contrast, the lab can be set up to measure very small movements, such as the hand and fingers whilst investigating the design of new surgical instruments.