Movement analysis and muscle function during sports

Understanding the internal mechanisms of the body during motion is crucial to find the balance between performance optimization and injury prevention. However, internal mechanisms of the body are impossible or impractical to measure in vivo.

With the AnyBody Modeling System, simulations of human movement can provide realistic and non-invasive means to gain insight into a wide range of internal body parameters as individual muscle forces, joint contact-forces and moments, metabolism, elastic energy in tendons and antagonistic muscle action. Import and analyze motion data captured with optical marker-based or inertial measurement unit based (IMU) motion capture systems (e.g., Xsens) and investigate sports biomechanics.


  • Sports biomechanics and kinesiology
  • Estimation of muscle, ligament, and joint forces
  • Prediction of ground reaction forces
  • Optimize sports performance
  • Understand internal mechanisms of the body during motion
  • Movement analysis
  • Injury risk assessment

Selected papers:

  • David S, Potthast W (2021), “Control strategies during fast turning manoeuvers – the free moment and its contribution to body rotation and joint loading“, J. Sports Sci., pp. 1-9. [DOI]
  • Skals S, Jung MK, Damsgaard M, Andersen MS (2017), “Prediction of ground reaction forces and moments during sports-related movements“, Multibody Syst. Dyn., vol. 39, pp. 175-195. [DOI]
  • Rasmussen J, Holmberg J, Sørensen K, Kwan MM, Andersen MS, de Zee M, Holmberg LJ, Sørensen K, Kwan MM, Andersen MS, de Zee M (2012), “Performance optimization by musculoskeletal simulation“, Movement & Sport Sciences, Science & Motricite, vol. 1, pp. 73-83. [DOI]
  • More Sports related publications