Germano undergoes biomechanical assessment

Jonatan Germano underwent a biomechanical assessment at La Trobe Universities’ School of Allied Health yesterday, as part of the University's Lower Extremity and Gait Studies Program.

Jonatan Germano underwent a biomechanical assessment at La Trobe Universities- School of Allied Health yesterday, as part of the University's Lower Extremity and Gait Studies Program.

As part of the relationship between La Trobe University and Melbourne Heart, Germano's gait was monitored by Kate Webster, Clare Ardern and Jodie McClelland from the University's School of Allied Hearlth, to track the progress of Germano's pre-season fitness.

"The session lasted approximately 90 minutes and involved Jon being marked up with special reflective markers before performing a series of activities - including walking, jogging, running, jumping and cutting whilst being filmed with special cameras," Melbourne Heart Fitness and Sport Science Manager Tom Reddin said.

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"The cameras are linked to computer software and allow an extremely detailed analysis of his gait pattern."

"It takes up to a week for the gait information to be crunched, and the plan is that Bel [Melbourne Heart's Head Physiotherapist and Medical Services Manager, Belinda Pacella] and I will at that point sit down with the La Trobe staff to find out if there is anything specific to Jon-s gait that is contributing to any injury risk factors."