Clinical and Biomechanical Outcomes in Patients with Lower Limb Pathology

Mentor Name:
Jesse Christensen

Mentor Position:
Research Assistant Professor

Physical Therapy and Athletic Training



Project Description:

We are conducting several clinical and biomechanical studies in our new state-of-the-art motion capture laboratory at the VA Medical Center. Research opportunities would include interacting with patients with lower limb pathology (e.g. osteoarthritis, total joint replacement, amputees), collecting/processing clinical and biomechanical data. We are also using wearable technology and developing motor relearning strategies to teach patients how to relearn how to move more effectively following injury.

Opportunity Type:

Volunteer; This is a work-study research position; Prepare a UROP proposal; Write an Honors Thesis or Senior Thesis; Earn independent study credit

Student Role:

Students will learn to collect/process/import clinical (muscle, performance, motion) and biomechanical (kinetic and kinematic) data using several premier software packages.

Student Benefits:

Clinical and research experience with several patient populations. Opportunity for potential abstract and manuscript submissions based on experience and commitment.

Project Duration:

Specifics will be based on the project and student's commitment. This will be negotiated based upon initial interview (minimum of 6 hrs/wk for two semesters).

Minimum Requirements:

1. Good personal and communication skills 2. Junior or senior class preferred 3. Minimum of 6 hrs/wk for two semester commitment 4. Strong letter of support