Sign Up for National Biomechanics Day 2017 at Ohio State!

We are excited to join the +100 institutions around the world in holding biomechanics outreach events on National Biomechanics Day this year (Thursday, April 6, 2017)! We will be hosting two 1.5 hour sessions for high school students starting at 1pm and 4pm that will be held in the gymnasium (suite 2321) of the Martha Morehouse Pavilion (2050 Kenny Rd., Columbus, OH 43221). There is free visitor parking behind the building. Each session will have several hands-on stations ranging from seeing motion capture technology in action, to seeing your muscles and tendons using a diagnostic ultrasound machine, and more! We are looking forward to hosting these fun, interactive sessions for high school students to experience biomechanics first hand.

We currently have spots available in both sessions that can be reserved on a first come first serve basis here. We request that all interested students sign up prior to the event. Please contact scott.monfort@osumc.edu with any questions.

Check out what groups have done for National Biomechanics Day in the past!

Recent publication provides insight into how breast cancer patients develop balance deficits as they go through taxane-based chemotherapy

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Scott Monfort recently published this work as part of a National Cancer Institute funded research study led by Ajit Chaudhari, PhD and Maryam Lustberg, MD. The article in Gait & Posture discusses results from 32 breast cancer patients that participated in the pilot study. The interdisciplinary team introduced balance measurements into the oncology clinic to quantify changes in patients’ balance as they progressed through taxane-based chemotherapy. As a group, patients’ balance worsened as they continued through their chemotherapy treatment. Significant changes from baseline values (before starting chemotherapy) were observed after 1 cycle of chemotherapy (2-3 weeks) that were similar in magnitude to the effect of 40 years of aging reported in another study. The results of this study support the feasibility and usefulness of implementing objective measures into the oncology clinic.

An investigation of jogging biomechanics using the full-body lumbar spine model: Model development and validation

FBLSmodelMargaret Raabe recently just published an article in the Journal of Biomechanics detailing the development and validation of the novel musculoskeletal model she created in the modeling software OpenSim. This is the first OpenSim full body-model to include extensive trunk musculature and degrees of freedom in the lumbar spine. The full-body lumbar spine (FBLS) model provides researchers with a tool to develop more physiologically accurate full-body dynamic simulations of human movement. The paper also presents some data from jogging simulations created using the FBLS model, and shows that the model successfully estimates jogging biomechanics and muscle activation patterns similar to those previously reported experimentally in the literature. Her model will be made freely-available on the SimTK website (https://simtk.org/home/fullbodylumbar) for other researchers around the world to use to address their own research questions.

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Scott Monfort wins AGGRS grant for his dissertation project

Spielman_Metria_GaitScott was recently awarded an Alumni Grants for Graduate Research and Scholarship (AGGRS) grant from OSU’s Graduate School to partially fund his dissertation research on the effect of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) on the postural stability of cancer patients.  This research investigates how neurotoxic chemotherapy can degrade balance and gait stability in cancer patients as well as the underlying mechanisms that contribute to this instability. The AGGRS funds will be used to help accrue patients into the study as well as to develop a quantitative test for deficits in ankle proprioception, a symptom of peripheral neuropathies, that can be easily administered in a clinical setting. This research is a step towards the long-term goal of reducing the burden that CIPN has on cancer survivors.

Congratulations, Scott!

 

Columbus hosts the 39th meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics

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This past August, Dr. Chaudhari served as the Meeting Chair as Columbus and OSU hosted the 39th ASB meeting with a record-setting 932 registered attendees representing a variety of fields from engineering, sports science, ergonomics to biologic ! Along with the poster symposium, podium talks, and exhibitions, the 2015 ASB meeting featured special programs, like the Women in Science Breakfast, Diversity Breakfast, and a 5K Fun Run. ASB 2015 successfully implemented a CVent event management along with a comprehensive mobile app that not only replaced a paper program, but offered features that made communication, navigating, and planning for participants simpler while allowing them to participate in contests and challenges! The meeting also allowed participants to take tours of all of the biomechanics labs around OSU, including the Movement Analysis and Performance Laboratories, Human performance lab, Movement Lab, Neuromuscular Biomechanics Laboratory, the Spine Institute, and others.

 

Many thanks to all of our sponsors and participants for making ASB 2015 a huge success!

https://u.osu.edu/asb2015/home/

Congratulations (almost) Dr. Jackie Lewis!

Doctoral student Jackie Lewis successfully defended her dissertation Friday April 10. Great job! Once she puts the final touches on her dissertation, she is looking forward to enjoying the great spring weather in the pool, on the bike, and on the run as well as packing up for her new job as a forensic biomechanics engineer in Philadelphia.

Team Lost Our MAPs, before the start of Relay Around Columbus 2012

Team Lost Our MAPs, before the start of Relay Around Columbus 2012

Golf Article Highlighted in August 2014 Issue of International Journal of Sports Medicine

Mike McNally’s study, “Lower Extremity Work Is Associated with Club Head Velocity during the Golf Swing in Experienced Golfers,” was highlighted in today’s newsletter from the editor of IJSM, Hans-Joachim Appell Coriolano as a study with “high practical impact on the golf swing…I am convinced that especially those of you working closely in the applied field of sports may benefit from [this interesting paper].”

In this study, Mike found a strong association between lower extremity work during the downswing and club head velocity at impact during a full swing with the driver. These results suggest that golfers may be able to significantly increase club head velocity by utilizing their lower extremity to a greater extent.

Total lower extremity work during the downswing vs. peak club head velocity in experienced golfers with a range of handicaps.

Total lower extremity work during the downswing vs. peak club head velocity in experienced golfers with a range of handicaps.

The article is available free from the link above or through the IJSM web site.

For more information or if you are interested in having your golf swing analyzed, please contact Mike at michael.mcnally@osumc.edu.