Validation of a video-based motion analysis technique in 3-D dynamic scapular kinematic measurements

Yungchien Chu, Jon Akins, Mita Lovalekar, Scott Tashman, Scott Lephart, Timothy Sell

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Background: Current non-invasive 3-D scapular kinematic measurement techniques such as electromagnetic tracking are subjected to restrictions of wired sensors and limited capture space. Video-based motion analysis provides greater freedom with relatively less movement restriction. However, video-based motion analysis was rarely used in and not validated for scapular kinematics. Methods: Scapular kinematics of five subjects performing abduction, scaption, and internal/external rotation was captured simultaneously with video-based motion analysis and dynamic stereo X-ray, a gold standard for tracking scapular movements. The data from video-based motion analysis was correlated with the data from dynamic stereo X-ray for validity evaluation. Findings: Strong and significant correlations were identified in scapular protraction/retraction and medial/lateral rotation during abduction and scaption, and scapular medial/lateral rotation and anterior/posterior tilt during internal/external rotation. Interpretation: Video-based motion analysis is valid for evaluating a single subject's scapular movement pattern in protraction/retraction during abduction and scaption, and medial/lateral-rotation during internal/external rotation. Anterior/posterior-tilt during abduction and scaption should be investigated with caution. Video motion analysis is also valid for evaluating group average of scapular kinematics except for protraction/retraction during internal/external rotation. While acknowledging the inherent limitations, video-based motion analysis is an appropriate technique for tracking scapular kinematics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2462-2466
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Biomechanics
Issue number14
StatePublished - Sep 21 2012

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Funding Information:
This study is funded by the Central Research Development Fund , University of Pittsburgh.


  • Motion analysis
  • Scapular kinematics
  • Validation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Rehabilitation


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