UD Speed Geezers “Shake it Off” through 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.
UD Gross Anatomy Laboratory in the College of Health Sciences
The gross anatomy laboratory is an important teaching resource for the Department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology at the University of Delaware. A student and a faculty member give an introduction to the space in the College of Health Science’s STAR Campus.
UD’s Master of Science Degree in Athletic Training
The University of Delaware’s Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) is offering an entry-level master’s degree program that will encompass two consecutive calendar years, beginning Summer 2019. The mission of the ATEP in the College of Health Sciences is to prepare students to become competent, skillful and compassionate entry-level professionals in the profession of athletic training. Students will also satisfy the clinical proficiencies via the practicum experience and while working in various clinical environments. Upon completion of this program, the student is eligible to successfully sit for the Board of Certification examination for athletic trainers.
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.
Exercise Counseling at STAR Health
Exercise counseling at the University of Delaware’s STAR Health is beneficial for anyone looking to start or improve their current physical activity routine. Our clinical exercise physiologists, can help you prevent or manage:
- High blood pressure, cholesterol, and other cardiovascular risk factors
- Diabetes, kidney disease, and other metabolic disorders
- Age and disease-related muscle weakness
- Weight control
- Osteoporosis, arthritis and other orthopaedic disorders
- Stress and anxiety
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 Dr. Jim Richards.
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.
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.
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.
Tracking A Healthy Heart Through VO2 Max, EKG
In honor of National Heart Health Month and Valentine’s Day, #MotionCaptureMonday takes us into the exercise physiology lab to learn how a VO2 max test and EKG can measure heart activity.
British Journal of Sports Medicine PhD Academy Awards: Jaclyn Caccese
University of Delaware PhD graduate and postdoctoral research fellow, Jaclyn Caccese, is a nominee for the British Journal of Sports Medicine PhD Academy Awards. Caccese investigated head acceleration during purposeful football heading across age and sex and determinants of head impact severity.
Renal Rehab at UD Combats Chronic Kidney Disease
A University of Delaware research team in the College of Health Sciences is combating chronic kidney disease (CKD) with exercise. Renal rehab study results showed an exercise program improved blood vessel health and exercise capacity. Equally as important, patients reported improvements in their everyday quality of life as a result of becoming more active.
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.
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.