Wednesday 2 September 2015

An upgrade for MARS!

Kistler Instruments has announced an upgrade for its MARS (Measurement, Analysis and Reporting Software) which includes two new modules for investigating symmetry and landing activities. The new Version 2.1, developed in close cooperation with leading international biomechanics institutes, has undergone extensive testing under practical conditions. Kistler MARS software can be used with all current Kistler force plates (such as Quattro Jump) and all Kistler's USB data acquisition systems.

Kistler MARS 2.1 is an all-inclusive, easy-to-use measurement, analysis and evaluation software for Kistler's force plates and offers a host of new features for performance diagnostics in sports and rehabilitation, including evaluation of stabilization performance after vertical jumps and bilateral leg symmetry. The user friendly data filter and reports supply all the important performance parameters at a glance, making easy work of analyses, assessment and evaluation in competitive sport and rehabilitation. The complete version of the MARS software comprises twenty test modules to analyse and evaluate movements whilst two partial versions, Balance & Stability (with eleven modules) and Power & Strength (nine modules), allow users to reduce costs by selecting the modules for specific application areas.

Additional Modules – User-Friendly Evaluation
Kistler's MARS software delivers complete, intuitive analyses of force measurements from force plates used in performance diagnostics, movement monitoring, rehabilitation and related areas. Version 2.1 of the software adds two new functions: Landing and Stability, making it possible to evaluate stabilization performance after vertical jumps (e.g. landing on one leg) and bilateral symmetry of the legs, helping to avoid injuries. Also, database analyses and evaluations are more user-friendly in the new version, so it is even easier to determine training status and tailor training specifically to individual development goals.

Balance & Stability – Partial Version
The Balance & Stability module offers detailed performance monitoring for rehabilitation and equilibrium. Eleven predefined modules to analyse balance and stability (e.g. Step Analysis and Symmetry) immediately supply all the relevant information on centre of pressure (COP) shifts and other performance parameters helping rapid, sustained rehabilitation.

Power & Strength – Partial Version
The Power & Strength module is intended for fitness and rehab trainers who need a precise and objective determination of an athletes' condition. The nine predefined modules (such as Counter Movement Jump and Stamping) focus on analysing force and endurance. The software immediately supplies all the relevant performance parameters and bilateral symmetry values to help prevention of injuries and chronic pain. Weaknesses or asymmetries are quickly identified so they can be eliminated by targeting key personal training priorities and clear development goals.

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