The mission of the Clinical Biomechanics Lab is to reduce injury and improve performance through investigation into the biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system. Target populations fill the spectrum from young athletes to older frail adults.
Flooring surfaces have differing characteristics affecting athletic performance and injury risk. We are currently comparing traditional crumb rubber infill against a new organic infill. The motion capture system is capable of real-time viewing. Musculoskeletal modeling allows us to examine joint loading.
Mechanical properties of flooring surfaces, specifically artificial turf, are tested with a variety of industry standard devices. Effects of environment and use on infill properties are not well understood. We are exploring potential changes. Existing equipment is often inconsistent and not representative of athletes. We are designing the next generation of testing equipment.
Functional Movement Assessment Research
A functional movement assessment is designed to be a quick set of diagnostic exercises relating to athletic performance and injury risk. A six sensor, IMU-based FMA system is currently being evaluated.
Clinical Biomechanics Lab Our Team
Undergraduate Research Assistants
Michael Samelson, Austin Schwartz, Gabrielle Hess, Peter Lohrisch, Chloe Jacobs, Lyndsey Nold, Austin Telesz
Caitlyn Helwig, Emily Orlikoff, Justin Brake, Andrew Boone