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Gait Analysis goes Hollywood.

 

Something has been happening in the movies lately.  Something that I find rather amusing.  Gait Analysis and Biomechanics in general are appearing in mainstream movies and are being given the respect that they deserve.

I watch a lot of movies and for years, just like everybody else, I’ve seen characters stressing the uniqueness of finger printing, retinal scanning (eyes) and DNA testing, as methods for identifying people and spotting would be impostors.  Time after time, the same methods, as if there were no other way to separate an individual from their identical double.

Then a few months ago I was enjoying Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (possibly the strongest in the Mission Impossible franchise) and was excited to see good old Gait Analysis popping up as the counter measure of choice.

Deep within the enemy’s stronghold, was a giant machine that could spot the movement patterns of its personnel and immediately nuetralise them if they didn’t match the correct profile.

The villain walks through the Gait Analysis Machine and faces being Tasered if not who he claims to be.

The villain/hero walks through the Gait Analysis Machine and faces being Tasered if not who he claims to be.

Henchmen ready to react as soon s the stride and alignment is off.

Henchmen ready to react as soon s the stride and alignment is off.

The fact that such a process would be chosen as the best line of defense against any ‘master of disguise’ was quite a stroke of genius.

But it hasn’t ended there.  This week I checked out Trainwreck from Judd Apatow, starring Amy Schumer – and again there was a scene involving Gait Analysis.

Schumer (on the machine) flirts with the good Doctor (Bill Hader).

Schumer (on the machine) flirts with the good Doctor (Bill Hader).

Girl meets Doctor (Sports Doctor to be precise) and the two begin to hit it off.  They actually get to know each other as he performs a very advanced looking form of Gait Analysis – using motion capture.  Very interesting.

Pressure and movement are scrutinised with refreshingly accurate information.

Pressure and movement are scrutinised with refreshingly accurate info for a change.

I’m not entirely sure about the machine and its particular usefulness, but the tips he came out with for correcting her posture and weight distribution through her mid-foot instead of her heels were a breath of fresh air and convinced me that somebody had done their homework when writing the screenplay (Schumer).

So I’m looking forward to seeing what springs up next.  There’s an art to good Biomechanics Coaching and full blown Gait Analysis and it’s a bit of a thrill to see something of what goes on here at Accelerate – up on the big screen and employed in such a way.

I wonder if in Captain America: Civil War, one of the Avengers might end up requiring Orthotics……….?

 

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