Bioenergy and Motion Analysis

The LabBioEM has the capacity to anthropometrically and metabolically characterize in vivo subjects that participate in experimental designs. It has the necessary equipment and techniques to implement anthropometry protocols, to determine body composition through four-pole bioelectrical impedance, along with implementing experimental energy methods through triaxial accelerometry and indirect ventilatory calorimetry, with recording both at the laboratory and telemetric recording on the field. It also boasts advanced equipment for the capture and 3D analysis of human movement.

At present, the laboratory provides services to the scientific projects developed at the actual center and in collaboration with medical institutions. Due to the nature of this laboratory, it is a highly versatile unit for certain biomedical, sports and rehabilitation sectors, beyond the scientific applications of these experimental techniques in the field of Physical Anthropology and Human Evolution. It has the technical capacities to provide support to studies on the health sciences, epidemiology, applied anthropometry, kinematics, physical activity and sports sciences, ergonomics and accessibility, neurology and rehabilitative medicine

Methods

The LabBioEM develops several cineanthropometric characterization techniques, experimental energy methods, such as indirect calorimetry and accelerometry, and the monitoring and analysis of human movement.

Four-pole bioelectrical impedance, to determine body composition based on the direct measurement of the resistance (Rz) and reactance (Xc) of body tissues.

Indirect ventilatory calorimetry for ergospirometry systems with a real-time record and analysis module enabling the measurement of aerobic and anaerobic thresholds, maximum oxygen consumption, intrabreath, SpO2, heart rate, dynamic flow and volume curves to determine ventilatory limitation, indirect metabolimetry and pulse oximetry with trend curves, both in and out of the laboratory.

Triaxial accelerometry, through a mobile device that measures acceleration based on the three orthogonal planes through heat flux sensors, galvanic skin response (GSR), temperature of the body surface, movement and steps.

Optic motion capture, for real-time 3D visualization and biomechanical analysis of different body segments.

Motion capture with inertial sensors, for real-time 3D visualization, through a triaxial gyroscope, accelerometer and magnetometer and temperature, humidity and atmospheric pressure sensors.

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Facilities and equipment

The LabBioEM is formed by two laboratories: BioEnergy (BioE), on the 2nd floor and Motion Analysis (Motion Lab), on the 4th floor, which boast the following equipment:

  • Holtain-Harpenden® Stadiometer, Anthropometer and Plicometer.
  • BIA 101 (AKERN®), mobile device.
  • ArmBand SenseWear (BodyMedia®)
  • Master Screen-CPX (CareFusion-JAEGER®), with high-precision TripleV digital volume sensor, automatic calibration of volume and gas analyzers, environmental temperature and pressure module and automatic control of ergometers.
  • MS-CPX Mobile (CareFusion-JAEGER®), with telemetry module that includes a 440 mhz band radio frequency transmitter and receiver with an approximate range of 1 km within the line of sight. It has a high-precision TripleV digital volume sensor, automatic calibration of volume and gas analyzers, environmental temperature and pressure module and automatic control of ergometers.
  • h-p-cosmos® Treadmill Ergometer, model LE-200 CLT. Speed 0-22 Km/h. Incline of 0-24%, programmable acceleration. Useful area of 150 x 50 cm. CE 0123, ISO 9001, Tüv standards. "Polar Tester" receiver. Can be controlled by the CareFusion-JAEGER® devices.
  • 3DMA system, with optic capture technology and 10 Q-13 high speed and high acquisition frequency infrared cameras, with incorporated image processing.
  • Sen system, with capture technology through 10 wireless WiFi inertial sensors that store information on the orientation, angular speed and accelerations in the three dimensions (triaxial gyroscope, accelerometer and magnetometer) and temperature, humidity and atmospheric pressure sensors.

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  • SenseWear Professional (BodyMedia®)
  • Body Gram Pro (AKERN®)
  • JLAB 5.7 (CareFusion-JAEGER®)
  • Biomechanical analysis 3DMA-iSen (STT®)
Applications and Services

Applications

  • Múltiples aplicaciones para caracterizar el patrón corporal humano y cuantificar, a tiempo real, el gasto energético en reposo y en actividad.Equipo 5
  • Several applications to characterize the human body pattern and for the real-time quantification of resting energy expenditure and during activity.
  • Ventilatory exercise testing and heart rate monitoring.
  • Telemetric ventilatory monitoring of energy consumption during outdoor physical activity.
  • 24h monitoring of physical activity and sleep.
  • Determination of body composition with bioelectrical impedance.
  • Optic capture and motion analysis at the laboratory.
  • Inertial motion capture both in and out of the laboratory.
  • Functional capacity of the human body.
  • Study of movement disorders.
  • Analysis of human movement and rehabilitation.
  • 3D design and animation.
  • Virtual Reality.

Services

  • Real-time Breath by Breath monitoring of energy expenditure, determining the base metabolism and energy metabolism (EE) depending on physical exercise/rest, differentiating the metabolic substrates of carbohydrates, fats and proteins. This quantification is based on the measurement values of VCO2, VO2 and ureic nitrogen.
  • Breath by Breath monitoring of aerobic and anaerobic thresholds, maximum oxygen consumption, intrabreath, SpO2, heart rate and dynamic flow and volume curves to determine ventilatory limitation.
  • Ongoing monitoring of energy expenditure for up to 23 h/day with the triaxial accelerometer that records acceleration based on the three orthogonal planes and estimates energy expenditure through heat flux sensors, galvanic skin response (GSR), temperature of the body surface, movement and steps.
  • Anthropometric characterization and of body tissues through four-pole bioelectrical impedance, differentiating lean mass, fat mass, muscle mass, cell and extracellular mass and body hydration parameters.
  • Optic motion capture with 10 infrared cameras and biomechanical analysis.
  • Motion capture with up to 10 inertial sensors and biomechanical analysis.
  • Design of experimental programs and protocols both in and out of the laboratory.
  • Preparation of personalized reports.
  • Data and results analysis.
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