Ongoing Research Projects
Movement Screens and Adolescent Runners
We are currently working on a project that investigates whether simple movement screens like the single limb stepdown and Y-balance test either provide insight about running biomechanics, or can be used to identify adolescent runners at risk of developing a running related injury.
Participants in this study will be asked to perform the single limb stepdown and Y-balance test while their body motion is recording using 3D motion capture. They will also run on our instrumented treadmill for 5 minutes at a speed which equals their regular training run pace.
You are eligible to participate in this study if you are:
- Between 12 - 18 years old.
- Currently running at least 10 miles per week.
- Compete in at least one race per season.
If you (or one of your children) meet these criteria and are interested in finding out more about this study you can either provide your contact information using the link below, or email one of the research project staff listed below.
Research Project Staff
Dr. Jim Becker
email: [email protected]
Graduate Research Assistant
Establishing Cognitive-Motor Function as a Missing Therapeutic Target after Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction
We are currently working on a project that investigates how adding cognitive tasks influence human movement in ways that may be useful for identifying altered movement patterns following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR) surgery and rehabilitation. Subjects involved in the study will be asked to complete computerized tests targeting different cognitive processes in addition to performing athletic movements such as jump landing. The athletic movements will be performed with and without additional cognitive tasks such as remembering information or reacting to a directional cue. Healthy controls and individuals who have returned to sport following ACLR will be recruited. Please contact us at the information below if you are interested in finding out more about the project or potentially participating.
Scott Monfort, PhD
Phone: (406) 994-6294
Email: [email protected]
Effect of Peripheral Nervous System Impairments on Gait Stability and Brain Activity
We are currently working on a project that examines the interplay between central and peripheral nervous system factors on gait stability and brain activity. Understanding these relationships will provide better prevention strategies for falling. During the study, we will use ankle vibration to temporarily induce peripheral nervous system impairments in healthy individuals. Participants will be asked to complete computerized tests targeting different cognitive processes, complete a balance study and trials of treadmill walking. The balance study and treadmill walking will be performed with and without additional cognitive tasks. Subjects of ages 18-35 are needed for the study.
Phone: (406) 848-4458
Email: [email protected]