ABOUT

SportHorizon is run by Mark Johnson (BSc Hons, MPhil) an experienced applied biomechanist, and provides an accessible, both in provision and cost, sports analysis service to all associated with the improvement of sports performance - athlete/trainer/coach/performance director/sports medicine practitioner. Its services are used by individual coaches and athletes, clinicians, sports clubs, national governing bodies and academic institutions.

It has the capability of analysing movement via full body 3D biomechanical analysis and multiple capture and immediate playback of performances. Clients receive a friendly, tailored and flexible provision which can be refined at any point. The latest motion analysis is software is used by SportHorizon. Quintic is used for 2D analysis and synchronised playback of video clips whilst SIMI Motion is used for multiple camera capture and 3D analysis.

Human gait analysis is performed under the expertise of sports podiatrist Dave Dunning (
M.Sc., S.R.Ch., Dip.Pod.M.)

SportHorizon has a wide experience of high speed filming and has invested in its own camera to provide a professional service to human and equine applications.

SportHorizon offers a web design service to supplement its sports analysis. Hosting and design of websites is provided for a variety of purposes e.g. company profile, event promotion, coach communication and skills.


Mark originally trained as an mechanical engineer before starting sport science studies back in 1993. He specialised in biomechanics at under-graduate level and later passed his degree with first class honours. He then went on to teach biomechanics at Level 1 and 2 whilst enrolling on a PhD program. The subject of his thesis was the biomechanics of sprint running and he collected data from several world class athletes. He gained his MPhil qualification in December 2004 and hopes to complete his doctorate in the future.

Having gained knowledge of numerous sports and performing 3D analyses on behalf of major sporting organisations, Mark founded SportHorizon Ltd. A believer in the benefits of video analysis, he wanted to make sport and clinical biomechanics more accessible to all. During 2003, he gained a new extensive experience in equine gait analysis and worked in Austria, Greece and America. In 2004 he travelled to Ireland several times to performed 3D analyses of Gaelic football and hurling and is currently involved in 3D Golf analysis project. In 2005 he began a high speed filming service aimed at sport horses and has filmed in America on several occasions.

Johnson M.D, and Buckley, J.G. (2001). Muscle power patterns in the mid-acceleration phase of sprinting. Journal of Sports Sciences, 19, 4, 263-272.