A lot of people had questions about Kinesio Capture, so I asked Rob Harris, Vice President and Director of Sports Performance for Kinesio Capture, to come and answer a few questions.
First, let me thank you for taking the time to tell my readers more about Kinesio Capture. As I mentioned in a previous post, I was quite impressed when I first saw your product at the NSCA AZ Clinic.
Rob: Thanks Drew! In the three months since we've launched Kinesio Capture the response has been nothing short of amazing. Never in my wildest dreams did any of us expect the level of positive feedback we've received from strength coaches, physical therapists, chiropractors, athletic and personal trainers. It's funny because when we attend conferences to promote KCap, but the product really sells itself. It's the easiest thing I've ever tried to promote in my life!
To those who are truly passionate about analyzing human movement and understanding why their athletes, clients and patients do what they do, it just makes sense to have Kinesio Capture in your toolbox.
I agree, when I saw it I was blown away by what it could do. What advantages are there to using Kinesio Capture instead of the other motion analysis software available?
Rob: The advantages that stand out right away are the portability and ease of use. Wherever you're at, you just simply pull out the iPad, tap on the KCap icon, capture movement, mark it up and review. You can be on the side of a pool, on a track, in an indoor practice facility, on a mountain, you name it. You can move with your athletes, clients or patients wherever they’re at so you can capture movements in authentic, dynamic and sometimes chaotic environments which is where our athletes function - right? My athletes do not function in a lab, they move up, down and around on a court, on a field, on the track, or in the pool, and for me to really understand how I can help them improve I need to see them move in their environment.
Once you've captured the movements, KCap features are easy to integrate into your analysis techniques. You can easily demonstrate joint angles, level changes, range of motion, distance and ground contact times instantly.
I know from experience that when I can show an athlete as opposed to just telling or demonstrating, the learning curve is cut drastically. I can imagine how the portability and the ability for immediate feedback can benefit coaches, athletic trainers, and physical therapists. Who are some current Kinesio Capture clients and how are they using the software with their athletes and clients?
Rob: Well I'm really excited that the US Women's Bobsled Team is using it as they prepare for the World Championship Season. The Women's Head Coach Todd Hays has been a KCap user from the beginning and he's been giving us some great feedback on how he's been able to use KCap during their starts and then reviewing it with them between runs. Brandon Marcello at Stanford is using KCap with his Olympic Sport Athletes in the weight room. Will Greenberg has been using it with the Women's Basketball Team at Clemson in the weight room and during practice as has Kyle Tarp at University of Maryland. Ted Rath with the Detroit Lions has had some good results with his guys in the weight room. Michael Torres at IPI has been using it with his general population clients for the instant feedback. COR Systems have been using KCap in research to show the ROM gains their clients are getting using the COR bench compared to traditional flat benches. NY Islanders, Toronto Mapleleafs, Gray Institute, Missouri Tigers, Florida Basketball, Core Functional Fitness, New Orleans Saints, Vern Gambetta, Texas Basketball, T2 Motion, I mean the list just goes on and on....
Wow, so maybe I was a little late saying KCap is going to be huge. I know the software is available for both the iPad and the iPhone. Are there any differences between the two versions?
Rob: The iPad obviously has a larger screen, enhanced frame by frame, side by side and video overlay features. The iPhone screen is just too small to get these features on it but we've pretty much maxed out what both the iPhone and iPad operating systems can give us at this point. We'll continue to improve on both iPhone and iPad versions as the iOS continues to get better and better
There are some sacrifices when gaining that ultimate portability the iPhone offers. I think it’s difficult to truly appreciate how impressive this product is by just reading about it. Do you have any events coming where coaches can experience Kinesio Capture first hand?
Rob: Yep, we'll be at the Chain Reaction 3D seminar in San Diego November 10-12, NSCA Coaches Conference in San Antonio January 6th-7th 2012, University of Tennessee Strength and Conditioning Clinic March 2nd-3rd 2012, CSCCa National Conference May 9th-12th 2012, NSCA National Conference July 11th-14th, and all three Perform Better Summits next summer.
Also, we hope to visit with as many MLB teams during 2012 spring practice in Flordia and Arizona so if anyone is interested, feel free to give me a call and we'll set something up.
For my readers who would like to see some of what Kinesio Capture can do, but aren’t attending any of those events (or don’t want to wait until then), do you have any videos they can view online to get a feel for it?
Rob: Well because we live in a virtual world just about everything you need to know is on our website: www.kinesiocapture.com
And for those who like an interactive opportunity to gain even more information about KCap we can set up a live high def video feed and do a Q and A with you in the comfort or your office or facility.
Great, here's the link to those videos, I recommend checking them out. It’s some great stuff. If anyone has any other questions, what would be the best way for them to contact you or a member of the Kinesio Capture team?
Rob: firstname.lastname@example.org, friend us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter:@kinesiocapture
Well Rob, thanks for taking the time today, I appreciate it and I know my readers are grateful as well.
Rob: Thank you for having me Drew! Best of luck with Henley Sports Performance and I hope to see you again soon.
If I missed anything you would like to know about KCap, don’t hesitate to email Rob whatever questions you may have. As always, if I can ever be of assistance to you or your program, please feel free to contact me.
All the best,
Drew Henley, CSCS, USAW