Understanding how you move may mean a clearer path to independence. The tools and technology at the Motion Analysis Laboratory capture a more complete picture of your motion. It’s technology to help you put your best foot forward.

The Motion Analysis Laboratory was established in 1994 at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It’s a high-tech facility where we study human movement. Here, we can analyze both your gait (lower body movement and walking) and your upper body motion.
We have the most experienced clinical gait analysis team of experts in the state of Michigan. Our professionals are committed to the use of clinical gait analysis as part of treatment planning for patients with walking disorders. We use an evidence-based approach to provide recommendations to your treatment team based on your motion analysis data.

Our staff is actively involved in research and education leading to better understanding and treatment of human motion problems. Members are active in the Gait & Clinical Movement Analysis Society (GCMAS), the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM) and American Society of Biomechanics (ASB).

Team members also are involved in the education of current and future health care professionals through lectures and in-services, and collaborate in research opportunities with physical therapy students and other rehabilitation practitioners.

Motion analysis team members include:

  • Mitch Barr, MPT, Physical Therapist: The physical therapist for the Motion Analysis Laboratory and co-author on multiple peer-reviewed medical research articles. Performs and interprets physical assessments and participates in all aspects of patient testing, data interpretation and report writing.
  • Amy Lenz, MSME, Gait Lab Engineer: Background in biomedical and mechanical engineering. Lead investigator on multiple, ongoing motion analysis-related studies and co-author of peer-reviewed research articles. Performs most of the Motion Analysis Laboratory’s data processing, technical tasks, quality control and report review.


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