Clinic 1/Motion Capture Session June 2005
by Jason Borger
This is a report looking at the first Fly Casting Institute (FCI) Clinic (June 16-19, 2005), as well as the third session of fly-casting motion-capture (mo-cap) sessions at Montana State University (MSU) in Bozeman, Montana. The third mo-cap session was scheduled as part of the FCI Clinic, and included the casters who attended the Clinic, as well as guest-caster Paul Arden (who was captured to further the study in long-distance casting, as well as for an ongoing archival database).
The FCI Clinic was held at Hubbard's Yellowstone Lodge in Montana's Paradise Valley. The Clinic included casting instruction, video analysis, time on a Casting Analyzer (now the Sage Casting Analyzer), upper extremity physical exams coupled with specific rehab exercises, and a day spent at MSU with the 3-D mo-cap gear. Of course, with Hubbard's trout-filled, 85-acre lake at the Clinic's immediate disposal, there was more to the FCI than just talking fly casting.
The FCI mo-cap session ran on June 18, in a basketball court at MSU's Shroyer Gym. The Shroyer court proved to be darker than Bobcat Stadium used for the January 2005 session (a good thing, but also proved to smaller (that was bad, at least for Paul). None-the-less, this latest session allowed everyone to cast at short to medium ranges, and for Paul to make long-enough casts (shooting the full line) to be very useful for the mo-cap database.
The crew for this capture session again included Mike, Tim and myself, as well as physical rehab specialist Justin Hunt (doing rehab work for the FCI) and Mark McCue. MSU graduate student Josh Allen was also on-hand, working with Dr. Hahn and providing the group with a sneak-peek at a comparative casting model built using the mo-cap database and Vicon Polygon software. The FCI Clinic participants are to be among the first in the world to receive casting feedback using the comparative system (update: Josh, Katie O'Keefe, Tim and Mike have recently published an abstract utilizing the January 2005 session data. The PDF can be found here).
Prior to the mo-cap session, the FCI Clinic participants had been given focused, upper-extremity physical exams. This, combined with a detailed casting questionnaire, served to further integrate the motion data with each caster's physical history. The data collected will be further used in understanding casting problems from the perspective of injury prevention and rehab, as well as biomechanics.
I personally did not cast for this session. There were more casting experiments that I wanted to do, but time was short and getting Paul into the database was important. With Paul's capture, we now have access to a further range of extreme distance casts made with off-the-shelf fishing equipment. More to come!
Photos by Jason Borger and Kelley Borger (FCI group photo courtesy of Melody Beutler).