Amputee Research highlighted in the UI Research Report and Local Media Outlets
Members of the Comparative Neuromuscular Biomechanics Lab work to understand how amputee athletes adapt to control running specific lower leg prosthetics. In research funded by the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust, the CNBL team aims to identify how the residual neuromuscular system adapts to control these devices and how the energy stored in them is returned to the limb. The long-term goal of this work is to help develop a device that works in series with the body and minimizes secondary injuries such as joint and back pain. Our research has recently been featured in the UI Annual Research Report, the Pacific Northwest Inlander, The O&P Edge and Healio.
image from the Inlander
Animal Athletes at the Palouse Discovery Science Center
Members of the CNBL host Family Science Saturday at the Palouse Discovery Science Center in Pullman, WA. We use the theme of ĎAnimal Athletesí to teach basic biomechanics concepts to kids and their families using fun hands-on activities.
Amputee Research in the News as Oscar Pistorius Competes in 2012 London Olympic Games
Oscar Pistorius runs on a high-speed force sensing treadmill at Rice University as part of a research project that would lead to the over-turning of his IAAF band from competition. This and other ongoing research with amputee athletes was highlighted on KREM News Spokane, Channel 8 News Idaho Falls, Boise State Public Radio and in the Spokane Spokesman-Review.
Yellow-footed Rock Wallaby video featured on Discovery Channel Canada
High speed video from our study of rock wallaby jumping is highlighted on the Daily Planet's April 12 episode of SUPER SLO-MO Tuesdays. This research showed that yellow-footed rock wallabies are able to generate extremely high power outputs while easily making jumps to three times their hip height.
Kangaroo research highlighted in VICON video
Our collaborative study with The Royal Veterinary College, London, the University of Western Australia and the University of Queensland is highlighted by VICON motion capture systems. The goal of this research project was to examine how posture changes with body size in order to better understand the mechanical forces shaping the musculoskeletal system of kangaroos and wallabies.