MiPR awarded ESSI funding

MiPR was awarded funding from the Exercise and Sport Science Initiative at the University of Michigan. The project is a collaboration with the School of Kinesiology, the Biosocial Methods Collaborative, Michigan Medicine, and Michigan Athletics. The proposed project aims to look at injury resiliency in college athletes. 

More information about the ESSI projects can be found here

 

Development of a multi-level, systems-based model for injury resiliency at the individual and team level in collegiate running sports

Team: Richard Gonzalez (LSA, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, Institute for Social Research and CoE), Cristine Agresta and Jessica Deneweth Zendler (School of Kinesiology), Vineet Raichur (ISR), Jeffrey Housner (Medical School), and Bo Sandoval and Christina Fanning (Athletics)

Goal: Researchers aim to develop a multi-level, systems-based model for studying running-related injury predictions in collegiate runners. The proposed framework will facilitate the development of analytical models that can predict individual risk, as well as identify unique determinants that can and should be corrected to promote resilience.

Cristine Agresta featured in Sports Biomechanics Journal

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Postdoctoral Researcher, Cristine Agresta, is featured in Sports Biomechanics Journal

 

The effect of unilateral arm swing motion on lower extremity running mechanics associated with injury risk

Many field sports involve equipment that restricts one or both arms from moving while running. Arm swing during running has been examined from a biomechanical and physiologic perspective but not from an injury perspective. Moreover, only bilateral arm swing suppression has been studied with respect to running. The purpose of this study was to determine the influence of running with one arm restrained on lower extremity mechanics associated with running or sport-related injury. Fifteen healthy participants ran at a self-selected speed with typical arm swing, with one arm restrained and with both arms restrained. Lower extremity kinematics and spatiotemporal measures were analysed for all arm swing conditions. Running with one arm restrained resulted in increased frontal plane knee and hip angles, decreased foot strike angle, and decreased centre of mass vertical displacement compared to typical arm swing or bilateral arm swing restriction. Stride length was decreased and step frequency increased when running with one or both arms restrained. Unilateral arm swing restriction induces changes in lower extremity kinematics that are not similar to running with bilateral arm swing restriction or typical arm swing motion. Running with one arm restrained increases frontal plane mechanics associated with risk of knee injury.

 

Impellia partners with MiPR and U-M Athletics

Sports technology company Impellia and U-M Athletics announce partnership "to optimize athletic performance and enhance sports-related injury prevention and recovery" for U-M athletes. As part of the partnership, Michigan Performance Research Lab is conducting sponsored research with Impellia to assess their new gait assessment product, Strikefoot.

Read the article here.

More information about Impellia can be found here.

PhD student competes at 100 Km World Championship

First-year Kinesiology doctoral student Geoff Burns will compete on Sunday, November 27 in the 100 Km World Championship Road Race in Los Alcazares, Spain. Geoff won the US 100K Road Championship in April with a course record 6:30:37. He seeks to extend his success this weekend against many of the best ultramarathoners in the world. Good luck, Geoff!

Follow Geoff here: http://100kworldchampionship2016.com

Geoff Burns winning US 100K Championship

Geoff Burns winning US 100K Championship

MiPR Research featured at Student Biomedical Research Program Forum

Ali Arastu with his poster at the SBRP Fall Research Forum at the Michigan League on Monday, November 7, 2016.

Ali Arastu with his poster at the SBRP Fall Research Forum at the Michigan League on Monday, November 7, 2016.

Ali Arastu is a current, 2nd year student at the University of Michigan Medical School (UMMS). Under the supervision of Dr. Jessica Zendler and Dr. Cristine Agresta, he conducted research in the Michigan Performance Research Lab during the summer of 2016, as part of the Student Biomedical Research Program (SBRP).

He presented his poster today at the Student Biomedical Fall Research Forum at the Michigan League. The poster is titled: “Determining the Readiness of Recreational Ultra-Distance Runners” and he will be submitting his findings to an upcoming conference.

Find out more about the Student Biomedical Research Program (SBRP) here.

Ali Arastu with mentors, Dr. Cristine Agresta (left) and Dr. Jessica Zendler (right), at the SBRP Fall Research Forum at the Michigan League on Monday, November 7, 2016.

Ali Arastu with mentors, Dr. Cristine Agresta (left) and Dr. Jessica Zendler (right), at the SBRP Fall Research Forum at the Michigan League on Monday, November 7, 2016.

Lab Director presents at ESSI

Lab Director, Jessica Deneweth Zendler, was a featured presenter at the University of Michigan's Exercise and Sport Science Institute (ESSI) Symposium on Thursday, September 29, 2016 at the Junge Family Center on the University's Athletic Campus. She also participated on a panel discussing sport research and technology at U-M.

Over 250 guests, ranging from academic, athletic, and industry experts in the fields of wearable technology, sport performance, data analytics, and nutrition, attended the day-long symposium to further the Institue's "focus on physical activity and human performance across the lifespan through interdisciplinary research."

Additionally, MiPR collaborator Grant Goulet (adidas), was featured in the Optimal Performance and Sport Technology industry panel. 

Ron Zernicke, MiPR affiliate and co-director of ESSI, offered closing remarks for the Symposium.

More information about ESSI can be found on their website, here.

Lab Director Jessica Deneweth Zendler presenting about MiPR's approach to sport science research.

Lab Director Jessica Deneweth Zendler presenting about MiPR's approach to sport science research.

Ron Zernicke giving closing remarks at the ESSI Symposium on September 29, 2016.

Ron Zernicke giving closing remarks at the ESSI Symposium on September 29, 2016.

Jessica Deneweth Zendler  joined U-M colleagues to discuss sport research and technology.

Jessica Deneweth Zendler  joined U-M colleagues to discuss sport research and technology.

Grant Goulet, an MiPR collaborator, speaking on the Optimal Performance and Sport Technology industry panel.

Grant Goulet, an MiPR collaborator, speaking on the Optimal Performance and Sport Technology industry panel.

MiPR featured by the Associated Press (AP)

The Michigan Performance Research Laboratory and the Running Assessment service was featured in a story by the Associated Press. 

The Running Assessments are offered by the lab to help runners improve performance, identify and prevent injury, provide guidance to novice runners, and help postpartum women return to running safely. More information about the assessments can be found here

 

 

Researchers present posters at ASB 2016

Emily Southern, with her poster, at ASB 2016

Emily Southern, with her poster, at ASB 2016

Cristine Agresta, with her poster, at ASB 2016

Cristine Agresta, with her poster, at ASB 2016

Researchers, Cristine Agresta and Emily Southern, present their posters at the 2016 American Society of Biomechanics Meeting in Raleigh, NC, August 2-5. 

Emily's poster, The Effect of Running-Induced Neuromuscular Fatigue on Leg Stiffness, can be viewed here

Cristine's poster, Adaptation to Enforced Step Frequency Perturbation During Running, can be viewed here.