End of Summer 2019

The conclusion of spring term and summer 2019 brought many exciting conference appearances, defenses, and graduations for the BSSC crew. Joey Smits successfully defended his Honor’s Thesis project and presented at the University of Oregon Undergraduate Research Symposium. BSSC members also presented at the Northwest Biomechanics Symposium at Montana State University in May. Following shortly after, Evan Day defended his dissertation: The Influence of Internal and External Factors Contributing to Metatarsophalangeal Joint Mechanics and Their Effects on Running Economy. Evan accepted a research position at Adidas in Portland, and although we are sad to see him go, we are excited to see all that Evan will accomplish! Ola Adeniji presented at the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in July and we were represented by a whopping seven lab members with posters and podium presentations at the International Society of Biomechanics/American Society of Biomechanics Meeting in Calgary, AB in the beginning of August. It was a great conference season for all with exciting science in many different areas! The presentations are listed below:

University of Oregon Undergraduate Research Symposium

  • Metatarsophalangeal joint mechanics differ between overground and treadmill running¬† – Joey Smits

Joey went on to defend this project for his Honor’s Thesis

Northwest Biomechanics Symposium, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana

  • A Computational Model of a Semi-Active Variable Stiffness Foot Prosthesis – Michael McGeehan
  • Peak Lower Limb Acceleration in Collegiate Distance Runners over the Course of a Training Run – Katie Farina

International Society of Biomechanics in Sports, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio

  • ¬†Biomechanical Performance Analysis in Athletics at the Collegiate Level – Ola Adeniji

International Society of Biomechanics/American Society of Biomechanics Meeting, Calgary, Alberta

  • Mechanics of the Metatarsophalangeal and Ankle Joints and Running Economy do not Change in Response to Increased Isometric Toe-Flexor Strength – Evan Day
  • Integration of a semi-active variable-stiffness lower-limb prosthesis into a musculoskeletal model – Michael McGeehan
  • Locomotion Prediction Based upon Data-Driven Classification of Intrinsically Driven Transitions – Seth Donahue
  • Gait partitioning using minimal sensor data during intrinsically driven transitions – Seth Donahue
  • Preliminary biomechanical performance analysis in athletics at the collegiate level – Ola Adeniji
  • Peak lower-limb acceleration in collegiate distance runners over varying surfaces – Katie Farina
  • Metatarsophalangeal joint mechanics differ between overground and treadmill running¬† – Joey Smits

 

With a month left until the start of Fall term, the lab is busy finishing up summer projects and preparing for the new school year. Construction on the new Hayward Field is coming along and we will be looking forward to the outdoor track season for the first meets on the new track!