Mount Union Purchases Vicon System for Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

August 27, 2015

ALLIANCE, Ohio – The University of Mount Union recently purchased a Vicon Motion Capture system for its new Doctor of Physical Therapy Motion Analysis Laboratory. The system will allow students to analyze movements with greater accuracy.

The University will launch a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program in fall 2016. The mission of the program is to prepare sensitive, responsive Doctors of Physical Therapy to utilize evidence and best practices for lifelong service to patients, clients and society. The University of Mount Union has a long tradition of preparing students to be compassionate, caring humanitarians, and this is the foundation for Mount Union’s DPT program. Mount Union’s new state-of-the-art science facility, long-term working relationships with Alliance Community Hospital and Cleveland Clinic and cooperative relationships with Canton and Youngstown area hospitals have built the foundation for a successful Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

Dr. Robert M. Frampton, PT, DHCE, MPT, chairperson and director of physical therapy at Mount Union, said the Vicon system will further enhance the University’s DPT facilities and will be extremely beneficial to students in the program.

“Any time students can be exposed to a motion capture system, it helps bring many of the concepts we’re going to talk about in class to the forefront in an application that you can visualize and get an appreciation for,” Frampton said.

The Motion Analysis Lab will be equipped with Vicon T-series cameras and Nexus 2 software integrated with force plates, EMG systems and other components. The lab’s research will focus on pre- and post-surgical alterations in knee and hip joint replacements, gait analysis, motion capture and the sensory system. The Vicon system will allow information about a movement’s speed, direction, force and muscular activity to be represented diagrammatically, enabling the original image of the movement to be superimposed on a represented skeletal system created from the image data.

“We chose a Vicon system for our Motion Analysis Laboratory because they are an industry leader – the system integrates with multiple platforms far better than any of the competitors,” Frampton said. “This will give students a better appreciation for how things operate in sync with each other and for what patients have to do to accomplish a movement.”

For more information on Mount Union’s future DPT program, visit mountunion.edu/dpt.

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