Wearable inertial sensors (WIS) facilitate the preservation of the athlete-environment relationship by allowing measurement outside the laboratory. WIS systems should be validated for team sports movements before they are used in sports performance and injury prevention research. The aim of the present study was to investigate the concurrent validity of a wearable inertial sensor system in quantifying joint kinematics during team sport movements. Ten recreationally active participants performed change-of-direction (single-leg deceleration and sidestep cut) and jump-landing (single-leg hop, single-leg crossover hop, and double-leg vertical jump) tasks while motion was recorded by nine inertial sensors (Noraxon MyoMotion, Noraxon USA Inc.) and eight motion capture cameras (Vicon Motion Systems Ltd). Validity of lower-extremity joint kinematics was assessed using measures of agreement (cross-correlation: XCORR) and error (root mean square deviation; and amplitude difference). Excellent agreement (XCORR >0.88) was found for sagittal plane kinematics in all joints and tasks. Highly variable agreement was found for frontal and transverse plane kinematics at the hip and ankle. Errors were relatively high in all planes. In conclusion, the WIS system provides valid estimates of sagittal plane joint kinematics in team sport movements. However, researchers should correct for offsets when comparing absolute joint angles between systems.
- wearable inertial sensors
- motion capture validation