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.
Orthotics & Prosthetics for Enhanced (O.P.En.) Mobility Lab
The O.P.En. Mobility Lab at the University of Delaware focuses on orthotic and prosthetic biomechanics. Our lab’s research aims to optimize the design and prescription of orthotic and prosthetic devices to enable all orthotic and prosthetic users to reach their optimal functional level. To achieve this goal, we employ engineering and biomechanics tools and approaches, including instrumented motion capture technology, computer-aided design (CAD), and additive manufacturing (3-D printing).
Measuring Gait In and Out of the Lab
The Gait Biomechanics Lab at the University of Delaware aims to better understand how individuals walk and what factors influence someone’s walking ability. We use laboratory techniques to get precise measurements of joint movements and forces with cameras and force plates. We are developing new methods to better understand how real-world gait affects long-term joint health using inertial measurement units.
UD PT alumna finds passion for amputee care, pursues BIOMS Ph.D.
Emma Beisheim graduated from the University of Delaware Doctor of Physical Therapy program, where she was drawn to its focus on research and patient care. She’s now pursuing her Ph.D. in Biomechanics & Movement Science (BIOMS) at UD with a focus on limb loss care research, a passion she discovered during her DPT program and her work with UD’s amputee clinic.
Reebok Uses UD Invention to Create Innovative Sports Bra
When a Reebok apparel designer learned about the near-magical properties of Shear Thickening Fluid, developed at the University of Delaware, she wondered if it might solve a problem female athletes have endured forever. She was not disappointed. When infused in fabric, STF provides strength under stress, flexibility and comfort at rest. This brief video shows how UD researchers in engineering and kinesiology added strong science to help the sports apparel company develop a revolutionary new sports bra and a whole new franchise.
UD’s Innovation Health & Design Lab
The primary mission of the Innovation Health & Design Lab in the University of Delaware’s College of Health Sciences is to improve health outcomes and quality of life for various patient populations through design. Led by Martha Hall, the lab’s research starts with patients and empathy, meeting with members of the community to design, develop and test wearables that will enhance patient health and overall wellbeing. Wearables include clothing, wearable technology, protective equipment and rehabilitative or medical devices. Its goal is to design wearables that address the broad spectrum of patients’ needs and to highlight the importance of patient-centered design in health sciences.
UD Speed Geezers “Shake it Off” Throught Parkinson’s Exercise Class
Shake it Off, a local nonprofit with the mission of supporting the science and practice of exercise for people with Parkinson’s disease, has been funding research at the University of Delaware since 2013. The organization approached Chris Knight, associate professor in Kinesiology & Applied Physiology, to offer a donation to continue the development of the Speed Geezer exercise program. Students lead small groups of people with Parkinson’s through a 4-6 week exercise program to help them combat the effects of the disease.
Kids with Autism Develop Life Skills Through Dance at UD
Here in the United States, about one in 59 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A dance study at the University of Delaware College of Health Sciences is focused on developing social communication skills, motor skills and behavior in children with autism. The study is through the Move to Learn Innovation Lab at UD’s STAR Campus, where students under the direction of Dr. Anjana Bhat work with kids for 16 weeks of music, dancing and fun.
Read the New York Times article here.
UD Study Focuses on Strengthening Youth Players’ Heading Technique
A study at the University of Delaware is focused on teaching proper heading technique – along with neck and torso strengthening – to youth soccer players with the goal of decreasing risk of concussions. Tom Kaminski, director of Athletic Training education at UD, and Ph.D. student Victoria Wahlquist check on players throughout the season at practices and games to see how much they’re heading the ball and how heading is being coached.
The Brain Injury Association of Delaware offers grants through BrainStrong, a program to support the prevention of youth concussions. $2,500 in grant funds have enabled UD researchers to do significant pilot projects that are producing useful data for larger study.
Motion Capture used to Design Sports Bra to Reduce Breast Bounce
A unique marker setup was created for sports bras with the intention of tracking breast motion during activity. The University of Delaware College of Health Sciences has been testing sports bras using motion capture data to analyze breast motion with the hopes of creating a sports bra to reduce bounce that can lead to back pain, shoulder pain and other women’s health issues.
Kicking Virtual Field Goals in UD’s VR Cave
The virtual reality cave in the University of Delaware’s College of Health Sciences is most often used for research, studying how people maintain balance during walking and for rehab interventions. In the spirit of #MotionCaptureMonday, the team designed a Blue Hen field with a football that reacts to a kicker’s actions.
U.S. Figure Skaters undergo UD Biomechanics Testing
For years, U.S. Figure Skating has been sending athletes to the University of Delaware ice rink to analyze the biomechanics of their technique on the ice. The team of UD students, led by biomechanics professor James Richards, analyzes the data and offers immediate feedback to the skaters and their coaches on what’s needed to perfect their positioning in the air, increasing the probably of landing their jumps.
Figure Skaters Look for Competitive Edge in Biomechanics Analysis at UD
More than 60 figure skaters – including many of the United States’ top competitors – have made their way to the University of Delaware’s ice rinks over the past decade. Prompted by the U.S. Figure Skating Association and their coaches, they hope to find a competitive edge in the unique biomechanical analysis done by Jim Richards, distinguished professor of kinesiology and applied physiology in the College of Health Sciences.
UD Builds Virtual Reality Cave for Balance Control Testing
A virtual reality cave was installed in the fall of 2017 at the University of Delaware’s STAR Health Sciences Complex. John Jeka, who chairs the Department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology, and his research team investigates how the nervous system uses sensory information (vision, inner ear) to estimate body dynamics and guide motor processes for upright balance control. The applied goal is to better understand patient populations with neurological disease and injury that lead to balance problems. In the lab, individuals stand or walk in a room-sized virtual reality cave, which allows precise control of the visual surround along with input from vestibular, proprioceptive and tactile sensory systems.
Pitching’s Effects on Shoulders, Elbows of High School Players
Biomechanics and movement science PhD student Aaron Struminger tests the effect of pitching on the shoulder and elbow of youth athletes. Learn how the arm muscles, ligaments and bone adapt to throwing by studying ultrasound and motion capture data.
Motion Capture Used to Enhance Thai Boxing Movements
Childhood Kung Fu lessons really stuck with Physical Therapist Annalisa Na, as she began to seek out new ways to stay active while getting her Ph.D. in biomechanics and movement science at the University of Delaware. For #MotionCaptureMonday, she shares her new passion for Thai boxing and how motion capture helps make her an effective fighter with more optimal movements.
Slips, Trips Mimicked in Lab to Prevent Injury
A treadmill system, harness and motion capture technology are used in the STAR Health Sciences Complex to safely mimic slips and trips, like those on ice, to learn how to better stabilize your body and prevent harm during falls.
Studying Repetitive Head Impacts, Concussions in Ice Hockey Players
Among collegiate athletes, ice hockey players have a higher concussion exposure rate than football players. University of Delaware PhD and post-doctoral students in Kinesiology and Applied Physiology, and Biomechanics and Movement Science are studying the role of repetitive head impacts through an ice hockey season, by monitoring gait and balance, and tracking sub-concussive hits via helmet telemetry devices worn through practices and home games.
Celebrating Chinese New Year with Kung Fu Motion Capture
To celebrate the Chinese New Year, we bring you Hung Gar Kung Fu for #MotionCaptureMonday! Physical therapist and Ph.D. student Annalisa Na studied the art as a young girl and participating in the lion dance for Chinese New Year was a dream come true.
Measuring Head Impact in Football
Whether you’re playing in the big game or at the Pop Warner level, player safety is essential in football. Melissa DiFabio shows off the Head Impact Telemetry (HIT) System used to measure forces behind a hit for #MotionCaptureMonday.
Super Suits — William’s Robot Shirt
William was born with arthrogryposis, congenital joint contractures and weakness that limit his movement. So Michele Lobo and the Super Suits Program are creating a user-controlled, air-filled, exoskeletal garment specially designed to improve his mobility.
Biomechanics of Aussie Rules Football
Australian Rules Football is on the rise in the states, and University of Delaware Ph.D. graduate Amy Arundale will be traveling with the U.S. National team this summer. Amy combines her biomechanics and soccer background to explain the rules of the game along with common injuries in players. Learn more about the United States Australian Football League at http://usafl.com
British Journal of Sports Medicine Ph.D. Academy Awards: Jaclyn Caccese
University of Delaware Ph.D. graduate and postdoctoral research fellow, Jaclyn Caccese, is a nominee for the British Journal of Sports Medicine Ph.D. Academy Awards. Caccese investigated head acceleration during purposeful football heading across age and sex and determinants of head impact severity.
Biomechanics Behind the FIFA 11+ Injury Prevention Program
University of Delaware researchers have partnered with the Wilmington University women’s soccer team to study the FIFA 11+ injury prevention program. Amy Arundale, a physical therapist and Ph.D. student in biomechanics and movement science, has been studying collegiate soccer teams pre- and post-season for the past two years.
Blue Hens Showcase Work on National Biomechanics Day
Biomechanics professionals around the world celebrated their science and research on April 6. Graduate students at the University of Delaware opened seven of their research labs at the STAR Health Sciences Complex to 200 local high schoolers for National Biomechanics Day, giving demonstrations of their work, ranging from motion analysis to robotics to concussion research.
Kaminski to Present on Sensor Technology at NATA 2017
Tom Kaminski, University of Delaware professor of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology, will be presenting at the 2017 National Athletic Trainers’ Association Clinical Symposia & AT Expo. His feature session on sensor technology will take place at 9:45 a.m. on June 28 in Houston, Texas.
ACL rehab enhanced with motion capture, EMG
With the use of EMG and motion capture technology, Jacob Capin is studying how the athletes move and walk, and how to better rehabilitate them after ACL injury and reconstruction. Capin is a physical therapist and Ph.D. student in Biomechanics & Movement Science at the University of Delaware College of Health Sciences.
Harness System Offers Vocational Rehab to Adults at GoBabyGo Cafe
The GoBabyGo Cafe at the University of Delaware’s Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Campus utilizes a harness system to enable adults with brain injuries to get vocational rehabilitation.
Amputee Athlete, Fitness Blogger Strives to Share His Elite Fitness Goals
Biomechanics graduate student at the University of Delaware, personal trainer and amputee athlete Travis Pollen did not take blogging seriously until he realized what a difference he could make by sharing his knowledge of and passion for fitness. The “Fitness Pollenator” continues to set high goals for himself, competing in events like the Working Wounded Games.
UD Researcher Helps Traumatic Brain Injury Survivor Using Harness System
Corey Beattie suffered a traumatic brain injury following a violent car crash in the fall of 2010. Now the 23-year-old is working with University of Delaware researcher Cole Galloway and others using a cutting-edge harness system.
GoBabyGo Creates FUNctional Fashion for Special Needs Children
A new FUNctional Fashion course taught by Martha Hall in spring 2015 challenged senior Fashion & Apparel Studies students with creating garments for children with special needs. SewBabySew, in partnership with researchers Michele Lobo and Cole Galloway in the University of Delaware’s GoBabyGo program, is creating wearable technology in which assistive devices are embedded in clothing and garments are adapted for children with particular needs. This semester’s course culminated in a fashion show for the children to show off their new clothes, including a jacket with ninja hoodie and a princess dress.
Mobility Challenge teaches respect for basic human right of movement
The inaugural Mobility Challenge at the University of Delaware called for participants to strap their arms down and go through the day learning to appreciate the basic human right of movement and mobility. The day culminated in field games on the North Green.
Motion analysis helping pediatric surgeons
Researchers at the University of Delaware are teaming with doctors at Shriners Hospital for Children in Philadelphia to shed light on an injury called brachial plexus birth palsy. Using motion analysis software, they hope to give doctors a look inside patients so they can create better treatments.
Brachial plexus birth palsy occurs in about four out of every 1,000 births, affecting nerve roots in the cervical spine, impacting muscle function in the shoulder and the arm. Most children recover on their own, but about 30 percent are left with lifelong deficits in arm function that require therapy or surgery. The most severe brachial plexus injuries can cause complete paralysis of the arm.
The answer to a key question has eluded researchers trying to understand exactly what is going on in the musculoskeletal systems of children with BPBP: Where is the shoulder blade at any given moment, and what is it doing? This information would provide valuable insight into a child’s specific defects and enable treatments to be tailored to individual patients, as the location and extent of damage to the nerves and muscles vary from one person to another.
A research team from UD’s BIOMS (Biomechanics and Movement Science) program has taken a systematic approach to filling this gap. If they’re successful, it may someday be possible for surgeons to use the UD simulation to explore what will happen if they move a tendon from one point to another in an individual patient. individual patient.
Special thanks to Shriners Hospital for Children in Philadelphia.
Babies, Start Your Engines
Toy ride-on cars provide mobility and sociability to kids with disabilities Cole Galloway, physical therapy professor at the University of Delaware, is adapting off-the-shelf ride-on cars to enable children with limited mobility to explore their world and make friends.
Ice Skating + Math = Gold Medals?
Scientists and Olympic figure skaters are conspiring to earn gold medals. A program at the University of Delaware records and analyzes figure skaters’ movements to see how they can improve their jumps. Using mathematical models and knowledge of physiology, scientists believe they can possibly perfect Olympic skaters’ moves.