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    Dear Colleagues:

    Here are the responses to my question.

    "I would like to measure foot pressures during take-off and landing of an
    athlete. The foot pressure instrument must be light and portable. Can
    you please share your experience with different manufacturers?
    Thank you."
    Lee Cabell
    Associate Professor
    Department of Graduate Programs in Health Sciences
    School of Graduate Medical Education
    Seton Hall University
    400 South Orange Avenue
    South Orange, New Jersey 07079

    Tel (office): (973) 275-2049
    Tel (lab): (973) 275-2401
    Fax: (973) 275-2370



    We have been using the Pedar-X system from Novel for dynamic movement
    tasks such as jumping, running, and cutting and have had a good
    experience. If you have any specific questions, I would me more than
    happy to talk with you about them, just send me an email or call me.


    Robin M. Queen, PhD
    Michael W. Krzyzewski Human Performance Lab
    Duke University - Sports Medicine
    Phone: (919) - 684 - 1853
    Pager: (919) - 970 - 0826
    Fax: (919) - 681 - 7067
    To address your demand, I would suggest you to have a
    look at novel company website which is :
    they have this PEDAR system which might be helpful for
    your research. As far as I know, it`s light and also
    portable as you need.

    Hope this helps.

    I work at the VA in Los Angeles. We have been using the Novel PEDAR
    system. It is wireless and is very light in weight. The BlueTooth
    technology allows us to collect data at various distances.
    As part of my senior design project at LeTourneau University we used
    pressure sensors made by Tekscan to measure intersegmental pressures in
    the knee joint. I know that Tekscan also makes a portable device for
    measuring foot pressures. I will enclose Tekscan's website as well as a
    reference at LeTourneau for you. Good Luck on your research.


    Dr. Roger Gonzalez, P.E.
    Biomedical Engineering
    LeTourneau University
    PO Box 7001
    Longview, TX 75607
    (903) 233-3906
    I had experience with both tekscan insole pressure measures and pedar
    pressure insoles by Novel. The tekscan insoles are very thin and
    therefore breakdown while in the shoe of an athlete. I collected some
    pilot data initially with them and they fell apart. The Pedar system is
    more expensive, but the insoles will wear more slowly. Pedar also sells
    the bladder device to be sure that the sensors in the pressure insoles
    remain calibrated. I've attached the websites below. I hope this helps.

    R.J. Boergers, MS, ATC
    Assistant Professor
    Clinical Coordinator
    Athletic Training Education Program
    Stony Brook University
    100 Nicolls Rd
    Stony Brook, NY 11794-3504
    (631) 632-7164
    Perhaps the appropriate system for use in sports is RsScan (3d Plate
    because the sampling rate is the highest.

    Best Regards,

    Wagner de Godoy
    I have seen a paper thin sensor that can measure foot
    pressure. It is manufactured by Tekscan. Go to and you would get all the information.
    a dynamic vaerion would caost about $25,000.


    Naveen Chandrashekar
    Assistant Professor
    Mechanical Engineering
    University of Waterloo
    Waterloo, Ontario N2L3G1
    I measured the plantar pressure of running, jump landing, and some cutting
    movement using the Novel Peal System (Germany). A thin insole (~2mm) will
    inserted into the shoe, and a cable connnect the insole and the dataloger.
    dataloger will be fixed at the waist by a belt. You can then store data in
    fresh memory card inside the dataloger or transfer it to the computer
    bluetooth technology. The company claimed that the tranmission of
    bluetooth can
    be as far as 50m. And the software for data processing is good, you can
    make any
    masks dividing the plantar pressure into forefoot, arch, heel. You can
    displace the result in 2D and 3D, this should be a gd idea for educating
    athleete, or for presentation.

    The drawbacks of this system are:
    1) the insole is not durable for explosive movements (sprint, cutting
    2) the samlping frequency is limited: 2 insoles with 50Hz, or, 1 insole
    100Hz, or, 1 insole (only forefoot or rearfoot) with 200Hz. While other
    RSscan, as I remember, can measure up to 500Hz for one insole (check it, I
    not sure).

    I can send you a picture of the system and some snapshots about the

    However, I will return to my office at 13 June.

    Hope this help.

    Del WONG
    Department of Sports Science and Physical Education,
    The Chinese University of Hong Kong,
    Hong Kong
    We have done plenty of peak plantar pressure testing in localized areas -
    in shoe with the Tekscan system. We have done this mainly to validate our
    product (running footwear).

    However, I believe this system is not the most valid means of data nor the
    most reliable. It is my understanding that it is used more in clinical
    settings (diabetes clinics, etc.) as opposed to research labs.

    We are currently looking to purchase a new system in order to better our
    data. We have been looking at both RSscan and Novel. Both have a mobile
    system which it sounds like you need. Also, both of these systems I
    believe are much more accepted in the research/lab world.

    Good Luck- Hope this helps,
    There are so many foot pressure measurement corpoation

    1. Novel
    System : Novel Foot Pressure measuring system
    Model : Pedar x/R system

    System includes:

    Novel Pedar-X R system

    1) Pedar-X analyzer

    - Sensor connection : 2 x 99 sensor (for insole)

    - Scanning speed : 20,000 sensor/sec

    - Connection to PC : fiber optic and Bluetooth telemetry

    - Data storage : built in 8 MB flash memory

    - Power soruce : rechargeable Li Ion battery

    * Pedar Li Ion battery with charge level indicator

    * Pedar battery charger LCD display

    * Pedar battery cable

    * Pedar insole cable

    2) Pedar software / expert

    - Calibration function

    - Synchronization with EMG and video

    - 3D display & Isobar display

    - ASCII converter of total force, pressure, COP

    3) Pedar Standard insole Sensor

    - 3 pair (size selectable)

    - Capacitive type sensor 3 pairs (2 x 99 sensor)

    4) Captures up to 3 video cameras synchronously

    Displays and stores pressure and video synchronously as

    one combined file

    Nation : Germany

    2. F-scan
    Nation : Tekscan
    you can searching web site this model

    we use this two different system in my lab.

    I suggent Nobel system is better than F-scan system considering using
    Especially Nobel softwear is so powerful than F-scan.

    If you want to ask something, please send email to me.

    Team Manager
    Testing, Research & Development Team
    Korea Footwear Institute

    Address : 1735-1, Songjeong-dong, Kangseo-Gu, Busan, Korea
    Tel : 82-51-979-1800
    Fax : 82-51-979-1799
    E-Mail :
    Mobile : 82-11-214-1627
    Internet :
    Pl. see
    contact : Mr. Jempi Willsens - Director
    Regards / Atul Motla
    I am working at the Center for Human Movement Sciences of
    the University of Groningen (Holland) as a PhD student on
    the mechanical determinants of the Jumper's knee in
    volleyball athletes.

    In a search for ambulant measurement devices I have set up
    an experiment with RS scan pressure soles to determine
    vertical ground reaction forces during take of and landing
    from a real volleyball jump during practise.

    During balance tasks and normal walking these pressure
    soles are well validated and are used at our orhtopeadic
    But during these extensive movements with high forces with
    gigantic loading rates the soles were simply too fragile.
    Concluding that these pressure soles are not suitable for
    these movements.

    I have executed this study 3 years ago, so it might be
    that they developed more robust soles, but I don't know.

    At the moment colleagues are cooperating with a
    orthopeadic surgeon who says has developed a more robust
    and very accurate pressure sole for more athletic
    movements like running. We haven't seen this soles so far,
    but planned to do validation studies. I will let you know
    if there are any results (please contact me if I forget).

    Good luck.

    Kind regards,

    Rob Bisseling
    Center for Human Movement Sciences
    University Center for Sport, Movement and Health
    University of Groningen
    tel +31 50 3632710
    fax +31 50 3633150
    you can use insole sensor from novel-Pedar or platform from
    with sampling rate of 500Hz
    I am a master student from the Laboratory of Biomechanicis of the movement
    and human posture - University of São Paulo, Brazil.
    We are sutudying foot pressures using the Pedar from Novel and one of my
    collegues are going to start the analyses with runners and a few months
    ago we started to acquire the datas for walking using the instrument pedar
    inside a bagpack. The subjects refer that this procedment is very
    confortable and we have much attention in let the bag close to the body to
    avoid changes in gravity centre of the body.
    the Pedar is very light and it has the option of do the acquisitions with
    the equipament in the belt, however we like this way with the bag. You
    must pay attention to put something to protect the pedar inside the bag
    due to the fact that it may move (shake) inside and so demaging the
    equipament. I am sending you a picture of the subject using the bag.
    Another advantage of the PedAR is the fact of it has the bluetooth so data
    are transmitted via wireless for the PC. so, the subject has only the
    cables that link the amplifier(box) to th insoles.
    tatiana bacarin