Real-time feedback training picks up where coaching leaves off

A common gait rehab approach is being successfully applied to more active populations

Published in the July 2008 issue of BioMechanics magazine

By Jordana Bieze Foster

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Nobody knows more about the value of feedback than a coach. The ability to identify deficits in a playerís or teamís performance, then offer just the right type of instruction to correct those shortcomings, is really what effective coaching is all about.

The problem with coaching as a feedback delivery system, however, is that itís too slow to be optimal. Ineffective techniques are most effectively addressed immediately, not at halftime or at the end of a play. Enter real-time feedback technology, in which a patient can view his or her gait patterns illustrated graphically on a computer screen and then see those patterns change in real-time as adjustments are made.

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