Soccer, Concussions and Women

Thomas Kaminski, a professor in UD’s Department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology, stressed the importance of safely heading the soccer ball when he spoke to a global audience at Manchester United’s sports medicine conference. Read more in the UDaily article.

You’ve Got A Friend in Me

Khushboo Verma, a doctoral student in biomechanics and movement science, tasted hints of culture shock in her first coffee order on Main Street. Now she gives back as a mentor in the iBuddy peer mentoring program and as president of the Indian Graduate Student...

National Biomechanics Day 2021

National Biomechanics Day may have been virtual this year, but high school students still had the chance to see how research is an important part of biomechanics study that can lead to improvements in healthcare. Read more about the event this year in the UDaily. 

Helping Children Move More Freely

Ahad Behboodi, who graduated from the BIOMS program in 2019 and is a former postdoctoral fellow with UD’s Horn Entrepreneurship program, is leading work to commercialize a promising robotic ankle brace for children with cerebral palsy as a postdoctoral researcher with...

GoBabyGo! Car Gives Gift of Accessibility

A South Dakota publication reported on a project in which college students there adapted a ride-on electric car for a child using the concepts of the GoBabyGo! program, founded at the University of Delaware by Dr. Cole Galloway. A chapter of Go Baby Go! is being...

Welcome to the Biomechanics and Movement Sciences Interdisciplinary Program

The mission of the Interdisciplinary Program in Biomechanics & Movement Science (BIOMS) is to advance the understanding of complex human systems through interaction of experts who cross traditional divisions of academic study. We strive to train outstanding researchers who will contribute to the advancement of health science through translational and interdisciplinary research. Research findings are disseminated through peer reviewed publications in high impact journals and presentations at national and international conferences. The BIOMS program comprises faculty from the Colleges of Arts & Sciences, Engineering, and Health Sciences who use an interdisciplinary approach to create a diverse educational and research environment.

What’s New in BIOMS

UD athletics partner with researchers for concussion baseline testing

 

Faculty and student researchers in the department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology have been working with the University of Delaware Intercollegiate Athletic Department to conduct concussion baseline testing and post-injury assessments. Data collected from the Blue Hen athletes helps the College of Health Sciences research team by improving concussion management through science and research techniques. And when a student athlete gets injured, the clinician, athletic trainer and team physician have the athlete’s individual baseline to compare and determine when it’s safe to return to play.

Changing autism’s definition to include movement problems

 

Anjana Bhat, associate professor in the University of Delaware’s Physical Therapy department, has been awarded an R01 grant through the NIH for the next three years. Bhat will look at a timely SPARK study dataset of 24,000 school-aged children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The goal of Bhat’s grant-funded research is to better understand motor problems in children with ASD – their prevalence and relationship to other problems in ASD. Bhat hopes to alter the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders definition of ASD, which includes social communication and repetitive behavior problems, but not motor problems. Bhat’s students run a movement study at STAR Campus with children with ASD. Xavier Luckett, joined by his little brother, works through exercises with them as part of the study.

Virtual Reality Balance Study at UD

 

The virtual reality balance study at the University of Delaware study looks at how children with and without cerebral palsy (CP) control their balance during walking. The researchers also examine whether their balance control can be improved through the application of a new treatment modality called stochastic resonance stimulation, a very low-intensity, barely perceptible stimulation technique.

BIOMS Featured Research

 

University of Delaware Professor Michele Lobo has designed a shirt like no other–the Playskin Lift exoskeleton that helps babies like Sarah move their arms, build their muscles, and ultimately enjoy the kind of freedom and independence that all children crave.