VALD ForceDecks

by Alex Murray, BHS&MPodP, PGDipSEM (Otago), MFPM RCPS (Glasg)

At Proactive Performance we are the only Sports and Exercise Podiatry practice in Canberra. We have access to the latest technology to enhance rehabilitation and get our patients returning to high performance faster.

One of the exciting pieces of technology we have are the VALD Dual Plate ForceDecks, which are plates that you stand on that can measure the amount of force you push into them when doing several different movements. This allows us to measure your strength, the speed at which you can produce force, and any asymmetries!

As the only podiatry clinic in Canberra to have access to this technology, we’re really excited to implement this into our rehabilitation programs as it provides lots of useful data to help us in our decision making.

Common examples we use this for are measuring asymmetries between the injured and uninjured limb, to measure someone’s strength and/or speed compared to what we know is required for a specific sport and level of competition, and monitor changes in strength and speed over time with rehabilitation, giving us detailed information on how to modify our exercise programs.

ForceDecks are utilised in professional environments such as in University labs, at the Australian Institute of Sport, and in the NBA, NFL, NRL, AFL, and EPL just to name a few. We are privileged to be able to present the exact same technology that professional athletes use for our patients at Proactive Performance (PP).

New and innovative technology is only one part of the puzzle though. Here at PP, we think we stand-out from the pack because we not only have the technology, but also the experience and expertise to use it effectively. We break down the PP difference into 3 key points.


Our Podiatrists have undergone further training as Strength and Conditioning Coaches and Exercise and Sports Scientists. This means we have the training to be able to understand and implement new technology such as the ForceDecks effectively into clinical practice.


Our Podiatrists are the only ones in Canberra who are experienced coaches having worked with Tuggeranong Vikings, Brumbies and Raiders in Strength and Conditioning/Rehabilitation roles. This means they’ve seen not only the technology used in practice, but also the reality of a training environment and demands of the sport. This gives unique insight not available to other Podiatrists and aids in how we interpret and implement the data into practice.


We understand that patients are only with us for a fraction of their week, or sometimes will only see us once a month. So, we place a large focus on communicating our findings in an easy to understand, jargon-free way, meaning all our patients leave with a complete understanding of what is going on and what it means for them and their recovery. We also place an emphasis on communicating with other practitioners in a patient’s medical team, as well as coaches, managers and parents to ensure everyone is on the same page and getting the benefit of our extra testing.

If you’d like to find out more, or to book in for an initial biomechanical/musculoskeletal consultation with one of our Podiatrists, give us a call on (02) 6147 5738.


Located inside Garran Medical Centre Suite 12, 2 Garran Place, Garran,
ACT, 2605
Phone: 02 6147 5738

Office Hours
Mondays 8am – 5:30pm
Tuesdays 8am – 5:30pm
Wednesdays 8am – 5:30pm
Thursdays 8am – 5:30pm
Fridays 8am – 4pm


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