Programs & Services

Bubba Watson and PING Golf Motion Analysis Lab



The Bubba Waston and PING Golf Motion Analysis Laboratory, also referred to as the "Gait Lab," at Phoenix Children’s Hospital is the only laboratory of its kind in Arizona that focuses on the needs of children. The facility uses state-of-the-art equipment to measure real 3-D motion, force and muscular activity for study.

Motion analysis uses engineering, entertainment technology and medical expertise to study a patient’s movement patterns and muscle activity.

Our highly-trained physical therapists and engineers interpret the data to help physicians customize treatment plans and measure improvement for each child. Our goal is to reach the best possible outcome for each of our patients and their families.

Common Conditions Evaluated

The Motion Analysis Laboratory can be used to evaluate kids with conditions such as:

  • Cerebral palsy (CP) and other movement disorders
  • Spina bifida
  • Club feet
  • Scoliosis
  • ACL return to play
  • Head injury resulting from disease, injury or other trauma

Current Research

Current research and development efforts include eye motion measurement, balance assessment and sports applications. We are now recruiting for a project to evaluate the biomechanics of typical children and children with cerebral palsy as they climb and descend stairs. The information gained from this study will help physicians and therapists understand the special challenges that children with cerebral palsy encounter and how to help them move more efficiently.

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