Movendo Technology is integrating its robotic system hunova into the screening and physical rehabilitation of University of Memphis‘s student athletes for knee-related deficits, concussions, and overall performance, the company reports.
The hunova is a programmable robotic medical device consisting of two independent electromechanical movable platforms, one at foot level and one at seat level. The device, designed to deliver more than 200 evaluations and exercises for postural control, stretching, muscle strengthening, balance, core stability and proprioception, operates in active, passive, and assistive modes, a media release from Movendo explains.
“Objective evaluations and individualized training are key for preventing injuries, optimizing performance and better return-to-play decisions. We are planning to evaluate and train student athletes from almost all sports teams for both baseline and throughout the season with the hunova.”
— Douglas Powell, PhD, Co-Director of the Exercise Neuroscience Research Laboratory
The athletes will be evaluated via Movendo’s “Performance Index” – a robotic total body index that aims to evaluate and compare an athletes performance to its peers; “Knee Index” – a functional robotic evaluation of the knee that provides objective data to help monitor an athlete’s progress through the rehabilitation process; and “Concussion Index” to better identify and manage concussions, or mild traumatic brain injury, the release adds.
“Collaborating with the University of Memphis to collect sports-specific data to continuously enhance hunova’s built-in database to better predict and treat athletes is an important step to further improve the safety and performance of sports athletes. We are confident that integrating hunova into the Tiger’s sports medicine program will lead to data-driven decisions that will prevent injuries, optimize performance and accelerate recovery.”
— Frank Menzler, Executive VP and General Manager North America of Movendo
[Source(s): Movendo Technology, Business Wire]