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Athletic Training and Sports Medicine

Current research strengths include: sport injury risk assessment and epidemiology, the application of assessment models to specific subsets of athletic populations, MR and thermal imaging of tissue and healing, and skeletal muscle regeneration following injury.

Biomechanics

Research is grounded in mechanics, anatomy, and physiology. Faculty are currently studying mobility during terrain transitions, modeling of the human musculoskeletal system, and the science of strength training in athletes.

Exercise Physiology

Research focuses on insulin, glucose, and protein metabolism; skeletal muscle function; environmental stress; and the impact of exercise and other forms of physiological strain on the development of chronic conditions associated with advancing age.

History and Philosophy of Sport

Current research focuses include role of sport in the creation of modern societies, the ethics of fair play, the mind-body problem, and the nature of play.

Motor Control

Motor Control faculty examine the cognitive, neurophysiological, and biomechanical foundations of voluntary movements and postural control. Patients with neurological disorders, including stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, and specific neuropathies are also examined in order to better understand the neural foundations of basic motor control mechanisms, and in order to understand motor dysfunction and recovery of function. Intervention research addresses the facilitation of motor recovery following nervous system injury. Experimental methods include but are not limited to movement tracking and kinematic analysis, biomechanical analyses, electromyography, brain electrophysiology and imaging, movement and control based simulations.

Psychology of Physical Activity

Research themes include: developing, evaluating, and optimizing physical activity interventions; psychobehavioral determinants and outcomes; physical activity, public health and health disparities; group dynamics; and neuropsychological aspects of traumatic brain injury in sport. We often leave the lab to study personal and community environments, with innovative research employing personal devices to study health behavior.