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Students Gain Research Opportunities at Armstrong Atlantic’s Biodynamics Center
Students at Armstrong Atlantic State University's Biodynamics Center helped conduct the first studies measuring impact forces associated with pushup exercises and the effect that adjusting the angle of the foot has on muscles during calf raises.
The facility, which is located in Ashmore Hall, conducts groundbreaking multi-disciplinary research in sports medicine, offering hands-on research opportunities for graduate students and undergraduates alike. A recent study examining the loading of weight between limbs during jumps provided vital data to help athletes prevent injuries.
“The Biodynamics Center measures various aspects of human performance and movement,” said Bryan Riemann, Ph.D., ATC, FNATA, director of the Biodynamics Center and associate professor of Sports Medicine at Armstrong. “We are interested in providing data to support rehab techniques and exercise programs.”
The center, which originally opened in January 2008, is actively used by sports medicine and physical therapy students, and typically has as many as eight different student projects going on at any given time. Students capture and analyze data using state-of-the-
Armstrong Sports Medicine graduate students and faculty recently presented eleven submissions to the American College of Sports Medicine—an all-time record—based on research at the Biodynamics Center. “To have nine students present their findings as lead author at the international meeting in San Francisco in May is amazing,” he said. “The Biodynamics Center gives students the chance to look at data critically and to get hands-on experience.”
Jayme Eitner, who recently graduated with a master’s degree in Sports Medicine, enjoyed opportunities to conduct research at the Biodynamics Center as a graduate student. She evaluated the effectiveness of standing heel raises with various foot placements, and examined the benefits of neoprene knee wraps to support weighted squats.
“You learn so much about yourself when you’re challenged with implementing all you have learned from years of classroom work,” she said of her research projects in the Biodynamics Center at Armstrong. “It’s a priceless experience.”
Adrianne Phillips, who is currently pursuing a M.S. in Sports Medicine at Armstrong, agrees. “Working in the Biodynamics Center has opened my eyes to many different career options,” she said. “When I first entered the program, I did not realize how important research is in the sports medicine field. Research can expose bad exercise practices to decrease the risk of injury or get an injured player recovered and back on the field.”
For more information, visit http://www.armstrong.edu.
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Armstrong Atlantic State University, part of the University System of Georgia, was founded in 1935. The university offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate academic programs in the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Science and Technology, the College of Education, and the College of Health Professions. Armstrong Atlantic serves approximately 7,500 students at its main campus in Savannah and a regional center in Hinesville. Its diverse student population comes from nearly all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 76 countries. For more information, visit http://www.armstrong.edu.
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