Revolutionizing Athletic Performance and Injury Prevention: Dr. Trent Nessler's Breakthrough in Biomechanical Analysis!


Welcome to the latest episode of the Crackin' Backs Podcast! Today, we dive deep into the fascinating world of athletic performance and injury prevention with our esteemed guest, Dr. Trent Nessler. With over 25 years of experience, Dr. Nessler has been at the forefront of transforming how we understand and assess human movement, utilizing cutting-edge technology to revolutionize injury prevention strategies. Get ready to explore the journey from bulky video analysis to sophisticated wearable sensors and how these advancements are changing the game for athletes worldwide.

Dr. Trent Nessler's Early Career:

When Dr. Nessler began his career a quarter-century ago, he faced the limitations of then-current technology. However, driven by a desire to quantify human movement in meaningful ways, he persevered. Starting with basic video analysis and progressing through innovations like Dart Fish's 2D modeling, he recognized the need for more accurate tools, as 2D analysis often misrepresented actual movement patterns.

The Leap to 3D Analysis: The real game changer came with Microsoft's “Connect” camera. Although initially designed for gaming, Dr. Nessler adapted this technology for human movement analysis. Despite its promise, it fell short in accuracy. This quest for precision led him to a groundbreaking wearable device from Australia, boasting a mere 3% error rate – a significant improvement over previous methods.

A New Era in Movement Assessment:

Dr. Nessler's collaboration with this technology birthed a revolutionary movement assessment tool, focusing particularly on ACL injury risk factors. His findings were astonishing – correcting identified biomechanical risk factors led to a staggering 58.2% reduction in lower extremity injuries. This comprehensive approach didn't just address isolated issues; it improved the entire lower kinetic chain.

Mass Data Collection and Its Implications:

Since its launch in 2015, Dr. Nessler's system has been implemented in over five countries, collecting data from over 80,000 individuals. This massive dataset is not just a repository of information; it's a treasure trove that offers insights previously unimaginable. For example, they discovered a significant correlation between concussions and increased risk of ACL tears (Listen to the show to find out what this is), leading to more effective post-concussion rehab protocols.

Innovative Testing and Rehabilitation Techniques:

Dr. Nessler's approach extends to innovative testing methods like the Spiral Wrap Technique, using the CLX Theraband for targeted rehabilitation. His focus on dynamic valgus movement, pelvic stability, and comprehensive functional tests underscores a holistic approach to athletic training and rehabilitation.

Challenging Conventional Wisdom:

Beyond physical assessments, Dr. Nessler emphasizes the psychological aspects of recovery, utilizing tools like The Tampa Scale of Kinesiophobia to assess fear of movement post-injury. He also challenges traditional return-to-play guidelines, advocating for a more nuanced understanding of an athlete's readiness.


Dr. Trent Nessler's journey from rudimentary technology to advanced biomechanical analysis epitomizes innovation and dedication. His work not only enhances athletic performance but also pioneers injury prevention methods, making sports safer and more accessible. This episode of Crackin' Backs Podcast offers invaluable insights into the evolving landscape of sports medicine, making it a must-listen for practitioners, athletes, and fitness enthusiasts alike. Stay tuned for more groundbreaking content as we continue to explore the cutting edge of health and fitness!

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