Automatic 2D Motion Capture System for Joint Angle Measurement

  • Carlos Bailon
  • Miguel Damas
  • Hector Pomares
  • Oresti Banos
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10306)


Joints angles are some of the most common measurements for the evaluation of lower limb injury risk, specially of lower limb joints. The 2D projections of these angles, as the Frontal Plane Projection Angle (FPPA), are widely used as an estimation of the angle value. Traditional procedures to measure 2D angles imply huge time investments, primarily when evaluating multiple subjects. This work presents a novel 2D video analysis system directed to capture the joint angles in a cost-and-time-effective way. It employs Kinect V2 depth sensor to track retro-reflective markers attached to the patient’s joints to provide an automatic estimation of the desired angles. The information registered by the sensor is processed and managed by a computer application that expedites the analysis of the results. The reliability of the system has been studied against traditional procedures obtaining excellent results. This system is aimed to be the starting point of an autonomous injury prediction system based on machine learning techniques.


Motion capture 2D analysis Frontal Plane Projection Angle Reflective markers Kinect 



This work was supported by the University of Granada Research Starting Grant 2015. This work was also partially supported by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO) Projects TIN2015-71873-R and TIN2015-67020-P together with the European Fund for Regional Development (FEDER).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carlos Bailon
    • 1
  • Miguel Damas
    • 1
  • Hector Pomares
    • 1
  • Oresti Banos
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Computer Architecture and Computer Technology, CITIC-UGR Research CenterUniversity of GranadaGranadaSpain
  2. 2.Telemedicine GroupUniversity of TwenteEnschedeNetherlands

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