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Researchers Develop Motion Tracking Technology to Reduce Injuries For Older Adults

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Researchers at the University of Missouri have developed technology to help older adults recover from an injury, illness, or surgery by tracking their motions as they perform rehabilitative routines or workout, with the goal of reducing the chances of future injuries and re-hospitalization. The motion-tracking technology generates data-rich images that enable physicians and therapists to better visualize the movements of patients as they exercise.

View a video showing feedback from the motion-tracking technology.

"Previous studies have conducted similar research in laboratory settings," says Missouri's Tim Havens. "Our system is unique because it extracts data out of images collected from participants in a real environment without changing the scene."

In the future, health care providers will be able to set up the system in the home of a patient to continue providing feedback and encouragement after a discharge from the hospital. Physicians would be able to receive messages about the progress of patients who live far away and make less frequent visits to the doctor's office.

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