Stanford’s Motion and Sports Lab uses personalized learning to enable every athlete to achieve optimal performance. Ella Rodriguez has used a prosthetic foot since she was an infant, and recently visited the lab to learn how she can improve her performance in wheelchair basketball and track and field. In the lab, researchers analyze her movement using motion-capture and force-sensing technology. With the data, Ella learns how she can adjust her movement to enhance performance and avoid injury, and the researchers consider whether Ella’s prosthetic limb can be adjusted to better serve her needs.

The Motion and Sports Lab treats every athlete as an individual and uses technology to analyze their personal learning needs. Do you think similar technology can enhance personalized learning in other areas? Join the ongoing conversation on Vialogues.

Excerpts from the discussion:

@00:42 Dallas Milanovich:I see a lot of potential in motion-sensing technology to help us get in better touch with our bodies and how we use them. Being able to see different patterns in our movement that might be harmful–from posture to how we run–might teach us things that can help eliminate pain and medical procedures both now and later in life.

@01:22 Toland Lawrence: The first thing that comes to mind is dancers would probably be interested in this technology to see how their movements affect their body. But I also think its beneficial for everyone to understand how they stand and walk because bad posture can cause stress on your body.