Biomechanics Day at the Neuromotor Behavior Lab
At the Neuromotor Behavior Lab at the University of Delaware, we study motor learning, which is the process people use to learn and remember new movement patterns. Studying motor learning is important because if we can understand how people learn new movements, we can better help rehabilitate patients who need to re-learn how to perform everyday movements such as walking and reaching after a neurologic injury, such as a stroke. Using advanced laboratory instruments, we can precisely measure numerous aspects of movement, to quantify the amount and rate of motor learning in various patient populations. Through our research, we can use these techniques to inform physical therapists of the best motor learning processes to provide the highest quality care to their patients. Principal Investigators: Dr. Darcy Reisman and Dr. Susanne Morton
Risks, benefits associated with ice hockey measured at UD
Thomas Buckley at the University of Delaware has been studying the risks and benefits associated with a winter favorite: ice hockey. UD’s ice hockey team members share their passion for the sport regardless of the chance for injury and head impacts.
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.
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.
UD Physical Therapy, Independence test functional level of amputees
The Amputee Clinic at the University of Delaware Department of Physical Therapy works with Independence Prosthetics and Orthotics to formalize objective measures for patients so that their functional level can be documented. This aids the patients in determining what level of prosthetics they are eligible for through insurance – the clinic has a 99% success rate in getting prosthetics covered. Patients are seen by the UD physical therapists, prosthetists from Independence and a physician from Christiana Care. The clinic also serves as a training ground for prosthetic and physical therapy students at UD. Independence CEO John Horne has donated $300,000 to the clinic to fund postdoctoral researchers to process the data collected in order to help publicize it in literature and research papers.
Learn more about the PT clinic: https://sites.udel.edu/pt and Independence Prosthetics-Orthotics, Inc.: https://www.independencepo.com/
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.