Year of Award


Document Type


Degree Type

Master of Science (MS)

Degree Name

Health and Human Performance (Exercise Science Option)

Department or School/College

Integrative Physiology and Athletic Training

Committee Chair

Matthew Bundle

Commitee Members

Matthew Bundle, Charles Dumke, Patricia Duce, Ashley Heers


Running, Motion Capture, Gait, EMA, Visualization, Sprint


University of Montana

Subject Categories

Sports Sciences


This thesis had two goals; 1) the development of an anatomically accurate visualization tool capable of illustrating high-speed 3D kinematic data, and 2) to rigorously evaluate the accuracy and capacity of the visualization tool by measuring the joint moments, net extensor muscle forces, and effective mechanical advantage in a group of sprinters running across the range of human speeds. Our visualization tool successfully integrates these complexities, pinpointing a location within 1.3 mm in a volume of 0.87 m x 2.00 m x 1.98 m, and accurately reproduces the observed movement trajectories of the subject's anatomical landmarks. Our approach was successful in yielding similar joint moments and gait spatiotemporal parameters found in other studies, supporting the reliability and accuracy of our system. This visualization tool distinguishes itself from existing tools in its capacity to not only depict but also critically evaluate this alignment between high-speed kinematics and kinetic data, providing an exclusive opportunity to examine the extent to which the measurements produced by the platform correspond to real-world results in a way that no other platform allows.



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