As you conduct tests on your ForceDecks force platforms, the ForceDecks iOS software will automatically analyse the movements and instantly display results for each rep, providing you with immediate feedback on how the individual is performing.
When you begin a test on the ForceDecks iOS app, a live force trace will be shown as pictured below.
Viewing and interpreting your test results can be done either as reps are completed, or once you have finished the assessment (by pressing the Stop button).
ForceDecks iOS provides instant feedback as reps are detected, and the data can be viewed in three separate ways using the tabs on the left:
The Force trace for the assessment is the default display on the ForceDecks app. Each detected rep will be displayed in green, with the force lines on the graph representing:
- Left Force (N) - Blue line
- Right Force (N) - Orange line
- Vertical Force (N) - White line
Based on this force trace, you can quickly make any visual observations, such as any obvious asymmetries between limbs (e.g. left side producing more force than the right), or notable differences in force between repetitions (e.g. significant differences in landing force).
The Result metrics tab displays four customisable metrics from the assessment. This can show results for a summary of the entire test, or on a rep-by-rep basis. The displayed metrics are intended to serve as an immediate snapshot of your test results.
If the individual has performed this test type before, each metric will provide direct comparisons to previous tests, allowing for longitudinal tracking across the last 12 assessments, as well as long-term percentage change metrics.
The metrics displayed in this view can be customised at any time to suit your requirements.
The ForceDecks Vision tab displays video recordings of the assessment, with key moments and phases highlighted on the left. Select a particular rep at the top of the screen, then choose a key moment or phase (e.g. Start of Concentric Phase) in the list to display video of that specific point in the movement.
Using ForceDecks Vision can be extremely beneficial in making a connection between the metrics data displayed in ForceDecks and the visual movement.
If, for example, the force trace and metrics indicate a noticeable asymmetry in landing force, you can view the exact moment of landing using ForceDecks Vision. This can help both you and the individual being assessed in visualising the metrics and making better informed decisions regarding their program.
For more information, see our guide on using ForceDecks Vision.