Kinaesthesia: assesses the precision with which a person can use their musculoskeletal system. As such, kinaesthesia forms an addition dimension of testing in the determination of the effect of any injury and therefore development of the most appropriate management protocol.
This area appears to have potential both in helping focus rehabilitation and as a further marker for functional recovery following musculo-skeletal injuries in areas with complex anatomy such as the cervical spine. We (Lark, Heusch & McCarthy) have been developing a modification to the laser methodology initially reported by Revel et al (1992). This system has been used to investigate the changes occurring following playing and injury in elite Rugby players. We would like to thank our collaborating teams (Bath, Northampton Saints; Llanishen & Pontyclun and more recently the Welsh Women’s Rugby and Touch Rugby squads) for their patience, access to players and time.
The range of motion work is being developed as an indicator of short term changes resulting from poor ergonomics. This appears useful on both the research and commercial levels. We are currently collaborating with local industrial partners to help inform the design of their products so they have a lower impact on the spine, hopefully to help rather than cause back and neck pain in their consumer base. This work is forming part of an externally funded project (KEP visit www.dsawales.com) of which we are one partner, along with PDR in Cardiff metropolitan university and the design faculty of Swansea metropolitan university.
The laser device has many applications, we are currently investigating this systems use in determining kinaesthetic changes in other joint dysfunction or sporting endeavours.