The Point at Otterbein is now home to the Biomechanics Institute, a new learning laboratory equipped with cameras and specialized software to study movement. The lab is the result of an interdisciplinary collaboration between the Departments of Health and Sport Sciences and Engineering.
A camera set-up encompasses the entire room, giving researchers the ability to study motions that require a large space, such as throwing, jumping, and running. Body markers are placed onto the subject at key points, such as joints and major muscle groups, to record movement. The resulting data helps health and sport sciences students see beyond the skin in assessing movement, while engineering students interpret the data and look at how they can apply that information to new technology.