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Increase Patient Performance With Dartfish

Dartfish video analysis software, an ideal technology for therapists to help patients increase athletic performance and prevent injury.

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June 12, 2012
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Lights, camera, action! Let’s talk Dartfish video analysis software, an ideal technology for therapists to help patients increase athletic performance and prevent injury.


In an effort to further develop the digital imaging industry, five international business and IT specialists founded Dartfish (originally known as inMotion) in 1998. The once-small startup quickly grew to 50+ employees with offices in six countries and a reputation for developing innovative, interactive internet content enhancements and cutting-edge training applications for sports, education, and healthcare.

From “Dartfish offers a complete state-of-the-art digital video analysis solution to enhance patients' understanding and the recovery progress in all areas of physical therapy. From filming a movement to illustrating an explanation with the use of Dartfish drawing tools to exchanging patient files, Dartfish delivers.”

Here’s how Dartfish is helping Olympic athletes increase performance:


  • Dartfish provides visual feedback allowing patients to see exactly what their body is doing.
  • The side-by-side comparison feature allows you and your patient to examine before and after shots to see treatment progress thus improving and validating the patient’s treatment experience.
  • Video can often help support your verbal explanation allowing patients to better understand and implement corrections.
  • You can easily share patients’ video files with colleagues or with your patient to support treatment at home.

Dartfish in Action

Check out this Fox News story showing Dartfish in action with a real PT patient: 

Want more? Attend this two-and-a-half-day course at the NIU Naperville Conference Center, June 21, 22, and 23: Using Movement Analysis to Prevent Lower Extremity Injury, Rehabilitate & Improve Athletic Performance.

Instructors Trent Nessler, PT, MPT, DPT, and Ella Haile Dunn, AB, MBA, use Dartfish software with the Dynamic Movement Assessment™ (DMA) and Corrective Exercise Program© (CEP) to quantify an athlete's movements and evaluate muscle and joint mobility; hypothesize treatment outcomes; and then test said hypotheses to determine the effectiveness of exercise prescriptions in injury prevention, pain management, rehabilitation effectiveness, and sports performance enhancement.

“I’m amazed at how much Dartfish has improved the Dynamic Movement Assessment’s reliability and validity. This has had a direct impact on our research and our ability to prevent injuries and drive athletic performance,” Trent Nessler, PT, MPT, DPT.

Course Objectives

  • Discover pathokinematic movements that lead to injury and limit performance
  • Assess movement using Dartfish and the Dynamic Movement Assessment
  • See the clinical implications and potential impact on injury and performance of the DMA when captured on video
  • Pinpoint the best ways to use this information to drive corrective exercises
  • Participate in a subject selection, assessment, and intervention lab
  • Identify specific DMA applications for creating a niche market
  • Explore the costs and benefits of building a customer-driven niche practice
  • Capture effective billing strategies

Check out this webinar to learn more, but hurry! Standard registration closed June 5th but contact Ella Haile Dunn at and mention you learned about this course through WebPT to receive extended registration through June 15th. The course costs $425, and they offer 18.5 CEU contact hours.

Want to learn more about implementing Dartfish in your clinic? Click here.

Do you use Dartfish or are you planning on attending Trent and Ella’s course? We’d love to hear from you. Keep us in the loop!  


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