Many students coauthor journal publications and present research findings at national and state meetings.
Over 480,000 young adults participate in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) sports annually.
Physical therapy (PT) is a branch of medicine that seeks to help people recover from injuries and disabilities through the promotion of mobility.
Physical therapy is vital in the world of sports, helping athletes recover from injury and remain able to participate in physical activity.
The purpose of this series of studies is to 1) investigate quadriceps rate of activation during running and jumping in Division I collegiate athletes post-ACL reconstruction; 2) determine how quadriceps activation patterns change throughout the year post-reconstruction; 3) assess the relationships between quadriceps rate of activation and commonly measured knee joint kinetics and kinematics during running and jumping.
Muscle morphology and neuromuscular control after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury and surgery varies among the individual quadriceps muscles.Students receive instruction in research design and statistics germane to rehabilitation medicine and become good "consumers" of published research through a review of articles relevant to physical therapy practice.They also have the opportunity to work with research mentors within or external to the program.The purpose of this investigation is to quantify the degree of activation variability among the superficial quadriceps muscles and determine the relative contribution to impaired torque steadiness throughout the first year following ACL reconstruction in collegiate athletes.Running is a foundational task for participation in sports.Furthermore, this study will help determine factors related to a successful RTS and assist in guiding rehabilitation efforts to facilitate RTS.Countermovement jump performance is an important indicator of lower extremity explosiveness and can differentiate elite athletes from their novice counterparts.We have developed a protocol to instruct clinicians to obtain detailed and specific information from observational gait analysis to correlate with 3D obtained information and determine the magnitude of dysfunction in post-ACLR running mechanics.The goal of this investigation is to determine how accurate clinician observational gait analysis of slo motion running gait is in regards to identifying the magnitude of gait abnormalities post-ACL reconstruction.The objectives of this ongoing investigation are to: 1) evaluate knee, hip, and ankle joint kinetics and kinematics during running and jumping in elite collegiate athletes throughout recovery post-ACLR; 2) compare and contrast the extent of kinetic and kinematic asymmetries across tasks post-ACLR; 3) compare LE movement biomechanics between post-ACLR athletes and control subjects matched by gender, sport, and position.Elite-level athletes possess a tremendous ability to perform explosive and rapid movements, developing muscular force within a short time frame.