What are the enhancements of the new TgForce 3D over the previous model?
- The new TgForce 3D sensor sample each axis at 1600Hz (x, y & z) and transmit by Bluetooth the peak values for all axis and the 3D vector. This provides better accuracy and enables the calculation of the 3D resulting vector.
- The new sensor can store up to 30 000 steps in internal memory. It is now possible to run without carrying the iPhone.
- The new sensor is lighter and smaller.
The new TgForce 3D iOS App sports new features:
- Display any axis of acceleration (x,y,z,3D)
- Export a full set of data to an iCloud folder
- Retrieve previous data from the sensor
- Create user-specific configuration
What are we measuring? What is a 'g'?
- g is simply the symbol used to represent the acceleration value of an object during free fall near the surface of the Earth. The value is 9.8 m/s2 or 32.17 ft/s2.
- In the case of an impact or a shock, the ‘g-force’ acting on an object can be very large during a short time. If for example, the sensor indicates a value of 5g, it means the ‘deceleration’ was 5 times g = 49 m/s2.
- For the specific case of running, when the foot hits the ground, it will ‘decelerate’ at a specific rate until it reaches a complete stop. The TgForce sensor is actually measuring the ‘deceleration’ rate at the tibia when hitting the ground.
- A higher ‘g’ value recorded by the sensor means more stress was felt by the tibia during landing.
What is the PPA?
Peak Positive Acceleration (PPA) of the tibia is the maximum acceleration that occurs during the impact phase of running. The PPA has been used in numerous scientific studies along with the vertical loading rate. However, measuring the vertical loading rate requires an instrumented treadmill and is typically used in a laboratory environment.
What is the sensor axis definition?
Why do we have to attach the sensor directly to the tibia; why not attach it to shoes?
- Attaching the sensor to the anteromedial aspect of your tibia will provide you with real impact data affecting your body while running.
- Shoes are made of various materials that attenuate impact at different rates. As the shoe age, materials deteriorate and the inner properties change. Environmental variables like temperature and humidity also affect the shoe’s response to impact.
- What we are interested in is the impact level sustained by your body, not the shoe.
In summary, tibial attachment has been used in numerous scientific studies and is the recommended method for obtaining reliable results.
Can we use the TgForce sensor while running barefoot?
What's in the box?
- One TgForce 3D rechargeable wireless sensor
- One USB recharging cable
- One Velcro(tm) band for attachment
Are you shipping to international locations?
Yes, we ship to international locations. See TgForce store for details
What is the recommended gMax value?
If you are a runner, it’s recommended that you first consult an Exercise Specialist or Sports professional who can give you recommendations about defined targets and objectives. They can also help you transfer to another type of shoe or get started with your gait retraining as well.
How can I extract the data for further analysis?
Simply use the Export feature in the History tab. Data will be exported in CSV format using iCloud. You must have iCloud activated for this feature to work. The data files will be located in a subfolder named ‘TgForce’. Data : X PPA, Y PPA, Z PPA, 3D PPA, Time, Cadence, Step count.
What are the compatible devices?
- iPhone 5s and newer that are running iOS 11+. Bluetooth must be activated.
- iPads running iOS 11.0+
iPod: Touch 6th generation