Athletic Training Research Laboratory

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 UD Physicians Dr. Geoffrey Gustavsen & Dr. Andrew Reisman and a cadre of graduate students providing a plethora of research opportunities to the UD community and State of Delaware. The laboratory is housed on the second floor (HPL210) of the Dept. of KAAP annex located on the backside of the Fred Rust Ice Arena.

The primary focus of the laboratory involves sport-related concussion and lower extremity biomechanics. 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.

DirectorThomas W. Kaminski

A variety of testing models and instrument/software platforms are used to advance this research agenda including the study of chronic ankle instability, the role of fatigue with injuries, the neuropsychological effects of purposeful heading in soccer, lower extremity biomechanics including stability and proprioception. The laboratory is equipped with unique combination of clinical instruments and technology including:

  • KinCom AP125 Isokinetic Dynamometer
  • Blue-Bay Research ankle arthrometer
  • Bortec 8 channel EMG system
  • Pneumatically-driven ankle perturbation device
  • Pair of computerized neuropsychological testing batteries (ANAM and ImPACT)
  • Tekscan MobileMat BESS™
  • Computerized implementation of the Balance Error Scoring System (BESS)
  • Bortec Biomedical LTD© EMG System for electromyographic studies
  • Portable GE Logic musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging unit

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.