The physical therapists at Stevens Point Orthopedics are experts in human movement, trained to analyze movement and identify factors that may be causing pain or affecting your performance.

However, you need a team to help you achieve at the highest level. To help bridge the gaps between your movement, improvement and performance, SPO has created the Wisconsin Performance Institute to bring world-class movement-analysis services to Central Wisconsin … and beyond.

Human movement is complex, and can be very challenging for us to change or improve on our own. This is especially true if we get hurt performing daily activities or trying to get better at something we enjoy doing.

Whatever their cause, injuries and pain make it hard for us to perform at the highest level in life, work, or sport.

Fortunately, the Wisconsin Performance Institute is here to help, and it doesn’t matter whether you’re a weekend warrior looking to return to activity after a nagging injury, an athlete striving to improve your performance, or just someone experiencing pain with everyday activities.

The WPI uses research-grade motion-analysis software from Noraxon USA with its high-speed motion capture to help us analyze and understand how you move. This in-depth understanding helps your physical therapist prescribe corrective exercises which can help you improve your movement, and ultimately perform at the highest level.

VIDEO: See how we use Noraxon to analyze movement and help our clients improve performance and move without pain.

Move. Improve. Perform.

Understand your movement with the experts at the Wisconsin Performance Institute, powered by Stevens Point Orthopedics.

How It Works

Move

With an in-depth examination of your movement using our high-speed motion-capture software, our physical therapists can identify and analyze what may be causing pain or performance issues. Through this movement- and education-centered examination, you’ll see why you’re experiencing increased pain and/or decreased performance.

Movements that can be evaluated during a WPI analysis include:

  • Walking gait
  • Running gait
  • Throwing mechanics
  • Return to sport
  • Swing mechanics (golf, baseball, and other sports)

Improve

After a detailed motion analysis, your WPI physical therapist will develop a personalized home exercise program to improve your strength, mobility, and movement patterns. Our goal is to prescribe exactly what you need while teaching you why you’re experiencing problems and how you can correct faulty movements.

Patients have had these conditions addressed at the Wisconsin Performance Institute:

  • Low back pain
  • Hip pain
  • Knee pain
  • Ankle pain
  • Post-surgical return to sport

Perform

Without proper movement, improving performance in your chosen sport is very challenging, if not impossible. As you address the issues identified during your initial examination, your WPI physical therapist will make your program more specific to your sport or activity. With this winning combination of improved strength, mobility, and mechanics, you’ll become less injury-prone and your performance will improve.

Individuals that have been evaluated with the Wisconsin Performance Institute:

  • Walkers
  • Runners
  • Soccer players
  • Basketball players
  • Baseball/softball players
  • Golfers
  • Dancers
  • Hockey players
  • Weightlifters

Benefits of Our Motion Capture Software

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The Noraxon system is the most advanced 3D motion-analysis system.

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The system uses two high-speed cameras and 16 sensors to capture your movements for detailed analysis.

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The Noraxon software produces an avatar that lets us analyze your movements from any angle.

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The system also has eight EMG muscle sensors capable of analyzing muscle activation patterns.

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Noraxon lets you view your movements in slow motion down to 1/10 of normal speed for motion analysis.

Having my golf swing analyzed via the Wisconsin Performance Institute and Noraxon Motion Analysis technology was truly an eye-opening and beneficial experience!  Carter and Ryan were phenomenal to work with!  This is an amazing service to have in our community!

— Dr. Josh Troyer

After months of pain and numbness, I came to SPO quite skeptical that I would find relief. However, after my initial evaluation with Carter, I knew I was in the right place. Using data from the running analysis he performed via the Movement Performance Lab, he recommended a specific regimen of daily stretching and strengthening exercises. I experienced rapid improvement in my symptoms within weeks and we were able to then address and improve my lifting form in the weight room.

Carter exudes professionalism, intelligence, and genuine enthusiasm. He has an extraordinary ability to effectively communicate and teach proper body mechanics. The Stevens Point community is truly fortunate to have this level of innovative care and expertise.

— Tabatha O’Keefe

The overall experience with the Movement Performance Lab (MPL) was eye-opening. The attention to detail and ability to analyze movement and timing in which each muscle group fired was incredible. It not only helped us see the growth in recovery but also areas in which improvements could be made. Being able to see the skeletal system move through explosive activities was incredible. Using this technology could not only improve performance but, more importantly, help with injury prevention. It was very clear that the work done through physical therapy had accomplished the desired goal.

What was so unique about the experience was you could see each muscle and how it fired on a horizontal timeline. As a father and coach, it was great to see the passion and excitement that Carter and the staff put into the MPL.  It was very apparent that they take pride in everything they do and place their patients recovery and athletic enhancement at the forefront. The staff at SPO provided exceptional care throughout the entire process. The MPL will allow SPO to take the great work they were already doing to another level.

— Gary & Kim Olson

The movement evaluation was very helpful with identifying running flaws that we were unaware of.  Sheila quickly  identified areas where improvement was needed as well as provided exercises to strengthen weaknesses.  We are looking forward to seeing the improvements in running form to assist in the prevention of future running injuries!

— Ryan Tauferner

As someone who considers themselves a novice athlete, I never would have thought I could benefit from the Movement Performance Lab. However, when I started to experience knee pain while running, I wanted to find out what was causing my discomfort.

I was thrilled at the opportunity to participate in a movement evaluation with Sheila. She had me perform a series of five movements to collect data on how each part of my body moves. The results were extremely illuminating and the state-of-the-art equipment helped us develop a plan to improve my posture while running to relieve my pain.

I would highly recommend everyone, no matter your level of athleticism, participate in a movement analysis. Even if you are not currently experiencing pain while moving or exercising!

— Timothy LaRose

During my movement evaluation, Carter was able to hone in on exactly what was causing me pain and gave me exercises to begin building strength in the right places. I was so impressed with his knowledge and professionalism as he listened to my movement concerns and my goals.

The Movement Performance Lab provided Carter with even more information about my joints and muscle groups. It was amazing to see myself on the screen and how my muscles were (and weren’t) working. I have total confidence that with the information gleaned from the analysis, coupled with the knowledge and experience at SPO, that I will soon be able to run again—pain-free

— Carrie Dreger

It was remarkable how Carter was able to immediately identify the problematic areas during my movement evaluation. My movements were causing lower back and hip pain while running. I am looking forward to working with Carter and the SPO Physical Therapy team to strengthen these areas and prevent further injury.

— Terrie Tauferner

Meet the Team

Carter Hoffman PT, DPT, CSCS

Carter
  • Physical Therapist
  • Wisconsin Performance Institute Director
  • VELO Program Team Lead
  • ACL-PRO Specialist
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

Dr. Carter Hoffman is a physical therapist and National Strength and Conditioning Association (NCSA) Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.

Carter’s doctoral-level training in the human movement system and additional strength and conditioning training helps him apply principles of human anatomy, kinesiology, human performance, and throwing/hitting mechanics to effect change.

Carter has worked with baseball players of all ages and skill levels, including members of the Milwaukee Brewers, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners, San Francisco Giants, Chicago White Sox, Arizona Diamondbacks, Cincinnati Reds, and Kansas City Royals organizations.

By addressing underlying impairments that contribute to performance deficits and arm stress, some of Carter’s athletes have been able to go from recovering from Tommy John surgery to throwing a no-hitter within one calendar year.

Jesse Espe, PT, DPT, CSCS, C-PS

Jesse Espe
  • Physical Therapist
  • Wisconsin Performance Institute Specialist
  • ACL-PRO Team Lead
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • Certified Performance Specialist

Dr. Jesse Espe is a physical therapist, NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and Certified Performance Specialist with experience in injury prevention, rehabilitation, and performance training.

Jesse received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Western Kentucky University after doing undergraduate work at Edgewood College, where he played basketball for four years.

Jesse’s post-doctoral studies include work in manual therapy, blood-flow restriction training, dry needling, muscle activation, movement and mobility training, strength and conditioning, ACL rehabilitation, pain neuroscience, and performance therapy.

He has worked with athletes at all levels from high school to the pros, and has been a performance physical therapist for CrossFit athletes, team physical therapist for Benedictine University women’s basketball, and the Team Lead for the ACL-PRO Program within the WPI.

Ryan Klapper PT, DPT

Ryan Klapper
  • Physical Therapist
  • Wisconsin Performance Institute Specialist
  • Golf PAR For The Course Team Lead
  • ACL-PRO Specialist
  • Titleist Performance Institute Certified

Dr. Ryan Klapper is a physical therapist and Titleist Performance Institute-certified professional with more than a decade of experience caddying for pros, working PGA tour events (including the 2015 PGA Championship and 2020 Ryder Cup), and working with tour-level players as a physical therapist.

An avid golfer himself, Ryan has worked with golfers who have suffered injuries as well as those looking to improve their play, from beginners to PGA/LPGA tour-level players.

Ryan focuses on golf-specific performance examinations and individualized programs and treatments. He emphasizes movement quality and control to optimize golfers’ swings for their bodies.

He likes to educate patients on what he’s working on, why he’s working on it, and how they can improve and get back on the golf course as soon as possible. Patients working with Ryan often see improvements in distance, accuracy and consistency, as well as decreased pain and improved scores.

Sheila Banovetz MS, PT

Sheila Banovetz
  • Physical Therapist
  • Hardware/Software Team Lead
  • ACL-PRO Specialist

Sheila has been a practicing physical therapist since 1985, first working at a rehabilitation/amputee clinic before transitioning to outpatient care. Prior to moving to Stevens Point in 1996, she taught physical therapy at the University of Iowa.

While working with athletes and teaching at UW-Stevens Point, Sheila started experimenting with video analysis of sport specific movements.

When Stevens Point Orthopedics acquired the Noraxon Movement Analysis system in 2017, Sheila developed the program, managed the system, and learned more about motion-analysis technology and troubleshooting.

The Noraxon Movement Analysis system is an extremely powerful tool for identifying faulty movement. Sheila feels very fortunate to play an integral role in managing the technology and helping with the care of all WPI athletes, patients, and clients.

Wisconsin Performance Institute (WPI) FAQs

What is the WPI and how can it help me?

The WPI uses our top-notch clinicians in combination with cutting-edge motion-capture technology to help identify complex movement-related problems that contribute to pain, loss of function, and decreased performance. You’ll leave your appointment with a greater understanding of your movement dysfunction, why it’s occurring, and how you can fix it, so you can return to doing what you love at the highest level.

Where will my assessment be located?

Anywhere! This sets us apart from other motion-capture systems. Although the WPI is centrally located at Stevens Point Orthopedics’ D1 Training location, we can use our mobile capabilities to analyze movement and performance at ANY location.

How is a movement analysis performed?

After doing a thorough orthopedic assessment to identify underlying movement issues, we use the state-of-the-art Noraxon motion-capture system with its high-speed cameras and research-grade sensors to determine what’s contributing to your pain, injury, or decrease in performance. We want you to fully understand your movement-related problem, why it’s occurring, and how to address it. With this new understanding you’ll be better equipped to improve your function and performance.

What types of movements can be evaluated during a WPI analysis?
  • Walking gait
  • Running gait
  • Throwing mechanics
  • Golf-swing mechanics
  • Return to sport
What types of conditions have been addressed at the WPI?
  • Low back pain
  • Hip pain
  • Knee pain
  • Ankle pain
  • Post-surgical return to sport
Who has been evaluated at the WPI?
  • Walkers
  • Runners
  • Sprinters
  • Soccer players
  • Basketball players
  • Baseball/softball players
  • Golfers
  • Dancers
  • Hockey players
  • Weightlifters
Do I need to be an athlete to benefit from this technology?

No! The WPI team is dedicated to giving everyone access to world-class care and technology. Whether you’re a weekend warrior looking to return to activity after a nagging injury, an athlete striving to improve your performance, or you’re just experiencing pain with everyday activities, the Wisconsin Performance Institute can help you move, improve, and perform at the highest level.

Do I need to be in physical therapy at SPO in order to have an analysis done?

No. Since Wisconsin is a direct-access state, you can seek out physical therapy services without a physician’s referral. Many patients find it easier and more cost-effective to use our cash-pay option or send their insurance company their statement post-payment to determine what they’ll pay.

How will this help me become a better athlete?

Sport-specific coaches are experts at the sport they coach, but they might not be experts in sports-specific movement. The WPI helps athletes identify and correct holes in their athletic performance – strength deficits, mobility restrictions, or imprecise movement sequencing – so they can perform and achieve at the highest level.  Think of us as your “movement coaches.”

I am returning to a sport after a long time off. How can the WPI help me?

No matter what you’re looking to do, we’ve designed, tested, and implemented research-based protocols to help you safely resume activity. We use data from your motion analysis to improve the way you move, so you’re at peak performance when you return to activities after pain, injury, surgery … or just a long layoff.

How long does a motion analysis take?

Our initial movement evaluation runs approximately 90 minutes, with 45-minute follow-up sessions.

What should I wear to the appointment?

We recommend you wear athletic shorts and a T-shirt that let you move freely and without hesitation. We have a supply of shorts and shirts if you forget either for your first appointment.

Will I need to schedule a re-evaluation after completing my first one?

Depending on your goals, you may want a re-evaluation after completing a care plan with your physical therapist. This would determine the amount of change that’s occurred and would likely come weeks to months after your initial assessment, to allow for improvements in mobility and strength, and changed movement patterns.

When will I get my assessment results?

Immediately after performing your analysis, our clinicians will break down the footage and data with you and give you your results. You’ll leave your initial appointment understanding why you’re dealing with pain during your activity or experiencing performance decreases in your sport. After the assessment, you’ll have the tools you need to begin improving your movement and function.

Schedule your evaluation today.

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