Fortius Sport & Health is an integrated athlete development centre strengthened through philanthropy and focused on optimizing human performance for life.
Our team of experienced Applied Biomechanists work with you to quantitatively measure how you move, the forces acting on or within your body, measure your patterns of muscular activation, and recommend solutions to help you achieve your injury management, prevention and performance goals.
In the Fortius Lab, education is a key component to the client experience and we strive to function as a community resource for human movement science. If you are currently in the care of another practitioner, we are dedicated to collaborating with them to help you reach your goals.
The Fortius Lab also offers exercise physiology analysis. Visit our Exercise Physiology services page to learn more.
The Fortius Lab is home to state-of-the-art, three-dimensional (3D) motion capture technology, used in combination with force measuring platforms (force treadmill, floor embedded force plate and portable dual force plate).
The Fortius Lab is equipped with a 10-camera, Qualisys motion capture system and software systems that allow our Biomechanists to build a 3D model of your body while you run, walk and jump.
With this technology, we capture movement variables (joint motion and forces) that cannot be detected with the naked eye or with home-based video. The collection of 3D data provides us with comprehensive information that can help determine if your movement patterns may be associated with a past or current injury, could be altered to prevent future injury, could lead to greater efficiency in movement and overall improved performance.
Each of our 3DRun Analysis types below consist of two sessions:
1. In the first session we learn about your individual sport or activity related goals and capture 3D data of you running on our force treadmill.
2. In the follow-up session, we will go through a thorough report that describes the findings in a manner that is meaningful to you.
Based on the observations, we recommend solutions and collaborating practitioners who can assist in helping you reach your performance or injury-related goal(s).
*Note: We have opened select appointment times for 3DRun/Walk Analyses during the evening and weekend. Inquire by phone or email.
Fortius running analyses are designed to identify mechanisms of an existing or potential running-related injury and help you optimize your running technique. These packages are ideal for recreational and competitive distance runners, triathletes, and those with overuse running injuries.
Our premier, comprehensive 3DRun analysis includes:
A 60-minute analysis including a pre-run/walk interview and 3D data collection at varying conditions (speeds, incline, footwear, bracing etc.)
A 30-minute follow up with full data interpretation, video results and a comprehensive report with recommendations on how to achieve injury management or performance goals.
Cost: $310 + GST
An economic alternative to the 3DRun Gold, the silver analysis follows the same structure, including 3D data collection for one preferred running speed, and a 15-minute follow up session.
Cost: $170 + GST
3D Bronze is a more qualitative approach for individuals who are just wanting a running screen. The Bronze analysis includes only ground reaction forces, temporal-spatial measures (stride width, cadence, step length) and video only (no motion data collected) in a 30-minute analysis and 15-minute follow up session.
Cost: $115 + GST
The 3DRun Prolonged is a Gold-level analysis for individuals who want to investigate mechanical and dynamic changes over a longer running time. This can be performed under run-to-exhaustion conditions (fatigue analysis) or over 20-40 minutes of running, and includes all the additional benefits of a GOLD analysis.
Cost: $360 + GST
A 3D Technique session is a collaborative gait retraining and movement re-education session with a Running Coach and Applied Biomechanist. The practitioners will collaborate using 3D technology to alter your running technique (cadence, knee position, stride width) in real-time with verbal cues and immediate feedback.
Cost: $150 + GST per session
Our run assessments are 60-minute sessions with a running coach, looking at mobility, strength and coordination to gain further insight into factors contributing to individual running biomechanics. In addition to the physical assessment, a thorough training history is discussed to identify any potential training errors that could have contributed to the runner's injury.
Cost: $100 + GST
Our running coach creates individualized 12-week training programs for runners to prepare for their next race or special event. The training schedule includes detailed weekly workouts with specific duration and paces to get the runner into peak shape for any race, from 5km to marathon distances.
Cost: $120 + GST
Run strength & conditioning coaches will work with runners to build strength, stamina and mobility specific to running. Workouts can be individualized, based upon a 3DRun Assessment, to address any deficiencies in strength, mobility or coordination.
3DWalk analyses are designed for avid walkers with a wide variety of lower extremity injuries, particularity foot & ankle injuries and/or osteoarthritis.
Our premier, comprehensive 3DWalk analysis includes:
A 30-minute follow up with full data interpretation, video results and a report with recommendations on how to achieve your injury management or performance goals.
Cost: $310 + GST
An economic alternative to the 3DWalk Gold, the silver analysis follows the same structure, including 3D data collection for one preferred walking speed, and a 15-minute follow up session.
Cost: $170 + GST
This is a more qualitative approach for individuals who are just wanting a walking screen. The 3DWalk analysis includes ground reaction forces , temporal-spatial measures (stride width, cadence, step length) and a video-only screen (no motion data collected) in a 30-minute analysis and 15-minute follow up session.
We have an embedded force plate system in that Lab floor that allows us to perform 3DCut Analyses. These analyses are ideal for athletes in cutting and jumping sports (soccer, basketball, etc.) interested in injury prevention, optimizing performance and/or returning to sport following injury rehabilitation.
Our premier, comprehensive 3DCut analysis includes:
A 60-minute analysis including a pre-analysis interview and 3D data collection at varying conditions (cutting, hopping, accel-deceleration, drop landing, etc.)
An economic alternative to the 3DCut Gold, the silver analysis follows the same structure, with an pre-analysis interview, measurement of straight, over ground running and cutting only, and a 15-minute follow up session.
A 3DCut Bronze analysis includes only ground reaction forces and video only screen (no motion data collected). This is a more qualitative approach for individuals who are just wanting a dynamic, functional movement pattern screen in a 30-minute analysis and 15-minute follow up session.
We also have a portable dual force plate system in that Lab that uses impulses conduct the following three jump analyses.
This analysis is ideal for any athlete:
recovering from a lower body injury looking to track their progress (ACL reconstruction, soft tissue injuries, fractures)
looking to identify injury risk in their sport; or
interested in optimizing their overall movement strategies.
This analysis uses force-plate technology and kinetic impulses to assess asymmetries, movement and loading strategies between legs in various types of jumps (squat, countermovement and drop jump). From this, we can determine if an athlete is at increased risk of injury or re-injury. Based on our findings, we can recommend specific training methods to reduce injury risk.
Cost: $125 + GST
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Kinetic Impulse Analysis
Force-velocity profiling is a force-plate analysis that can provide strength and conditioning recommendations for an athlete in a sport that requires high levels of strength and/or speed.
This analysis determines an athlete's force velocity profile through a number of squat jumps with loads, to provide targeted training recommendations for developing strength, power, speed, or a combination of these areas.
Cost: $135 + GST
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The Dynamic Strength Index (DSI) is a force-plate analysis that can provide strength and conditioning recommendation for an athlete who's sport requires:
high levels of strength/force (soccer, basketball, lacrosse, etc.), and/or
explosive movements (football, rugby, skiing).
This test is also suitable for athletes who may limited by injury or experience in performing a jumping force velocity test.
The DSI measures the difference between an athlete's maximal and explosive strength. This allows the strength and conditioning coach to identify the athlete's "strength potential" and how much of that potential they can use during a high-speed movement. The DSI can be used to design an individualized training program focusing on developing an athlete's strength and/or power capacities.
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Dynamic Strength Index