The use of ThermoHuman technology provides relevant thermal information about the physiological human responses that can be useful for high performance professionals such as Injury prevention, Return to play and Training prescription.
Based on the Homeostasis principle, humans are supposed to be thermally balanced. Thermohuman detects and quantifies significant thermal asymmetries (hypo and hyperthermia) that can be related to potential causes of injury risk, allowing professionals to act and prevent injuries.
ThermoHuman is useful as an injury monitoring tool by quantifying and controlling the thermal variations and compensations that the injury creates in the injured area and the surrounding regions. This physiological information can be combined with other medical imaging techniques and performance data to speed up the decision making and the return to play, as well as reducing the reinjury probability.
Thermal imaging is able to quickly measure skin temperature which is related to the internal physiological processes of the different human tissues (internal load). ThermoHuman is used by performance professionals to quantify and monitor the load assimilation of different body areas, giving individualized & localized metrics to adapt training loads and optimize performance, also in combination with other technologies that measure external load, for instance GPS.
In this real case of a football player, we show how can Infrared Thermography and ThermoHuman can help by reducing the injury risk. We detected an increasing thermal asymmetry on the left 5th metatarsal head before the athlete felt any discomfort or pain. We looked for the potential reason (new boots) and we suggested to change them. After this intervention, we confirmed a significant reduction on the thermal asymmetry of said area.
In this case, we have 4 different evaluations of a football player suffering from a right biceps femoris muscle injury: before the injury, in two different moments during the rehab and the last, after he returned to play. In this case, the third evaluation was very important to make the final decision since the player was ready to play, but thermography still showed thermal asymmetries in the area, indicating that the muscle area was not completely ready to get back to competition. Some weeks after, the thermal symmetry was again reached, showing the ideal status.
A taekwondo athlete with a recent hot spot in the long head of the biceps femoris is prescribed to avoid flywheel training in the posterior chain and to reduce kicking repetitions per session until this localized spot normalizes.
ThermoHuman has had the support of the Funds of the European Union and the Community of Madrid through the Operational Programme on Youth Employment. Likewise, ThermoHuman within the framework of the Export Initiation Program of ICEX NEXT, had the support of ICEX and the co-financing of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
Thermohuman has received funding from the Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI), in participation with the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), for the R+D activities involved in creating a new tool, based on thermography, for the prediction and prevention of rheumatoid arthritis. See project detail.