Force plates use load cells to measure our application of pressure when standing on our feet. The base of the plate is either firm or compliant. Thus, force plates can provide us with precise measurements of postural control under different circumstances. Postural control is important for our physical mobility and our ability to perform in sports.
Assess balance and limits of stability – how steady are we on our feet?
Limits of stability
Weight bearing squat
Rhythmic weight shift
Identify problem areas and target training to performance needed for daily activities and sports
Sit to Stand
Step Up and Over
Step Quick Turn
Bertec® Portable Essential
Customized physical therapy
Physical therapists can tailor balance measurement and training to the specific needs of their patients. You can choose between several measurements and flexible training menus with many options. In addition, you can alter parameters in real time to modify the physical therapy as needed.
Portable physical therapy
The force plate can be connected to laptop devices via USB. Supplemented by the force plate's compact design, Bertec® Portable Essential can be transported to any location, allowing for flexible balance assessment and training.
We use vision, proprioception and the vestibular system to maintain our balance. The force plate measures our ability to use these inputs, using a very sensitive force plate. The force plate uses either a firm or a foam surface to measure the weight distribution between the patient's feet and utilizes normative data to ensure evidence-based practice.
Concussion screening made objective
Get your patients back to their sports
The COncussion BALance Test (COBALT™) is an optional add-on to Bertec® Portable Essential and Bertec® Portable Functional. The test measures balance control in athletes to screen for concussion. COBALT™ utilizes the same force plates featured in the Bertec® Portable systems.
Standardized four-condition assessment for high volume baseline screening
Standardized eight-condition assessment for clinical follow up
Automatic storage of balance performance data for comparison over time
Individual test results can be compared to age-related normative data
Kit includes wall chart, headlamp and foam pad to maintain consistent test conditions
Bertec® Portable Functional
Building upon Bertec® Portable Essential, the Bertec® Portable Functional force plate is easily transported, fitted with a touchscreen laptop and a wireless remote.
Daily activity exercises
Bertec® Portable Functional is a longer yet portable device that allows for daily activity exercises. Physical therapists can improve their patients' ability to perform normal daily activities and sports, such as walking and running.
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