Athletic Training Research Laboratory

 

Mission:
The primary focus of the laboratory within the domain of Sports Medicine is to study sensorimotor & neurocognitive aspects of musculoskeletal related injury.  In addition, there is a strong emphasis on sport-related concussions.

Background:
The Athletic Training Research Laboratory was established in Fall of 2003 under the guidance of Dr. Thomas Kaminski. Since then, the laboratory has grown to include an additional faculty member, along with  UD Physicians Dr. Geoffrey Gustavsen & Dr. Andrew Reisman and 2 PhD students, providing research opportunities to both undergraduate and graduate students. Collaborative projects have been developed within the University of Delaware including the Department of Athletics, Departments of Physical Therapy, Mechanical, & Chemical Engineering, Student Health Services, and Intramural Athletics and Recreation Services. In addition, several State of Delaware interscholastic (high school) sports programs and regional Sports Medicine specialists are involved with current research efforts. The laboratory research group has numerous annual peer-reviewed scientific publications, published abstracts, and a multitude of professional presentations ranging from regional clinical meetings to international sports medicine conferences.

Research Goals:
1. Examine injury mechanisms, prevention, & rehabilitation strategies in athletes for accelerated return to competition.
2. Apply what is learned from the uniqueness of competitive athletes to improve the health & well-being of all physically active individuals.

Research Interests:
A variety of testing models and instrument/software platforms are used to advance our research agenda including the study of chronic ankle instability, the role of fatigue with injuries, the effects of Repetitive Head Impacts (RHI) in soccer (and other sports), and the neurocognitive and biomechanical factors related to non-contact injuries in sport, including stability, proprioception and joint reactivity.  The laboratory is equipped with a unique combination of clinical instruments and technology including a KinCom AP125 Isokinetic Dynamometer, a Bortec 8 channel EMG system, a pneumatically-driven ankle perturbation device, computerized neuropsychological tests (ImPACT), Tekscan MobileMat BESS™ a computerized implementation of the Balance Error Scoring System (BESS), a portable GE Logic musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging unit, a Microfet handheld dynamometer, and Triax Smart Impact Monitor sensors (SIM-G).

DirectorThomas W. Kaminski

Featured Research

A study focused on teaching proper heading technique – along with neck and torso strengthening – to youth soccer players with the goal of decreasing risk of concussions.