The past year has been an exciting one here at the BSSC that has included the beginning of new research collaborations, hosting a conference, and much more!
Jake Hinkel-Lipsker graduated this past June with his Ph.D. and took a position as Assistant Professor at California State University, Northridge. In his place we welcome two new graduate students, Ola and Seth.
We had the pleasure of hosting the Northwest Biomechanics Symposium here at the University of Oregon in May. In July our group traveled to the American Society of Biomechanics conference to present some of the most recent work from the lab. It was a great time soaking up new science, being jealous of the Boulder scenery, and enjoying the company of previous Oregon alumni.
On a very exciting note, this summer marked the start of a new grant funded by the PAC 12 to prospectively research stress fractures in distance runners. We are collaborating with biomechanics labs at University of Southern California, University of Colorado (Boulder), and Stanford University. It has been a very exciting project delving into the use of wearable technology. We look forward to working with the athletes to help inform them about their training and protect them so they can perform at their absolute best.
Over the next year we look forward to continued work with the cross country athletes, keeping busy with our clinic work, and traveling to gorgeous locations for academic conferences!
This weekend, runners aim to break a long sought-after record: a sub 2-hour marathon. In a recent article, some of our resident experts on running mechanics were given a chance to weigh in on the odds of this record falling.
Congratulations to Tom Brady and the Patriots on the recent Super Bowl victory! Mr. Brady, age 39, is considered one of the best QBs of all time, and has shown no signs of slowing down. The question now remains: how much longer can he play for? Luckily, a couple of us were able to attempt to answer that question in a recent interview with a journalist from Reuters:
Dr. Hahn was recently featured in an article discussing the best and worst cities for an active lifestyle. He discusses specific ways that cities can promote physical activity for their residents. Well done Dr. Hahn!
Recently, one of our undergraduate students, Alex Denton, finished building a 3D printer. This has been a side project for quite some time, so seeing it complete it exciting!
The 3D printer is a “build it yourself” Prusa Mendel Iteration 2. The
printer uses all Open Source software, RAMPS electronics, an Arduino
Mega 2560, and even has 3D printed functioning parts. Since the printer was finished in summer 2016, it has only printed small geometric objects for calibration purposes. However, we will soon begin printing more elaborate custom objects to assist another professor in her research. We plan to continue to increase the precision and accuracy of our prints so that eventually we may be able to design small prosthetic fitting prototypes and design intricate track spikes.
Check it out!