A review of the evolution of vision-based motion analysis and the integration of advanced computer vision methods towards developing a markerless system

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Abstract

Background
The study of human movement within sports biomechanics and rehabilitation settings has made considerable progress over recent decades. However, developing a motion analysis system that collects accurate kinematic data in a timely, unobtrusive and externally-valid manner remains an open challenge.

Main body
This narrative review considers the evolution of methods for extracting kinematic information from images, observing how technology has progressed from laborious manual approaches to optoelectronic marker-based systems. The motion analysis systems which are currently most widely used in sports biomechanics and rehabilitation do not allow kinematic data to be collected automatically without the attachment of markers, controlled conditions and/or extensive processing times. These limitations can obstruct the routine use of motion capture in normal training or rehabilitation environments and there is a clear desire for the development of automatic markerless systems. Such technology is emerging, often driven by the needs of the entertainment industry, and utilising many of the latest trends in computer vision and machine learning. However, the accuracy and practicality of these systems has yet to be fully scrutinised, meaning such markerless systems are not currently in widespread use within biomechanics.

Conclusions
This review aims to introduce the key state-of-the-art in markerless motion capture research from computer vision that is likely to have a future impact in biomechanics, while considering the challenges with accuracy and robustness that are yet to be addressed.
Original languageEnglish
Article number24
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalSports Medicine - Open
Volume4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jun 2018

Keywords

  • automatic analysis
  • body model
  • cameras
  • discriminative approaches
  • gait
  • generative algorithms
  • motion capture
  • rehabilitation
  • sports biomechanics
  • technique

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