Current Projects

Acute Footwear Effects on Ankle and Knee Kinetics in Inexperienced and Experienced Runners. The purpose of this study is to compare ankle and knee kinetics among neutral, minimal, and high cushioned footwear in inexperienced and experienced runners.
Max R. Paquette, Jake Melaro, Megan Ryan, collaboration with Isabel Moore, Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK

Are all running workloads created equal? The purpose of this proposed study is to compare week-to-week changes in training workloads obtained from simple and more complex measures of internal and external load during low and high training load weeks of a cross-country season in high school runners.
Thesis: Megan Ryan, Max R. Paquette

Influence of force insole biofeedback on stride characteristics and plantarflexor kinetics in older healthy adults. The purse of this study is to determine the acute effects of vertical force visual biofeedback using wireless force insoles on gait characteristics and plantarflexor kinetics during walking in older healthy adults. 
Thesis: Tayler Vickery, Max R. Paquette

Validity of IMU-based peak tibial acceleration during treadmill running. The purpose of this study is to assess the validity of IMUs in measuring peak tibial acceleration during treadmill running compared to a “gold standard” research-grade accelerometer.
Max R. Paquette, Adriana Miltko, collaboration with Clare Milner, Drexel University

The influence of surface type of peak tibial acceleration during running in different footwear. The purpose of this study is to assess how surface type affects tibial shock during running in minimal, traditional, and high cushion footwear.
Thesis: Adriana Miltko, Max R. Paquette, collaboration with Clare Milner, Drexel University

Footwear effects on running biomechanics in older runners. The purpose of this study is to assess lower limb joint biomechanics of older runners acutely change in response to running in footwear of different sole stiffness.
Thesis: Richard Beltran, Max R. Paquette

Interaction of Breast Size and Support on Lower Extremity Biomechanics Associated with Anterior Cruciate Ligament Rupture. The goal of this study is to investigate the interaction of breast size and bra support on knee joint biomechanics as a potential contributor to traumatic knee injury in female athletes.
Douglas Powell

Mechanisms of fatigue in hypoxic environments. The goals of this research study are to determine the effect resisted inspiration on cardio-respiratory function, muscle oxygen delivery and the biomechanical outcomes of altered muscle oxygen delivery.
Douglas Powell

Influence of foot structure and clinical interventions on lower extremity biomechanics during dynamic movements. The goal of this study is to describe the relationship between medial longitudinal arch measurements and lower extremity biomechanics during common athletic tasks including walking, running, jumping and landing.
Douglas Powell

Structural and Performance Variables Associated with Vertical Jump. The purpose of this study is to further identify the applicable predictors of vertical jump by simultaneously analyzing various combinations of performance, biomechanical, and structural measures in addition to body fat percentage, body weight (BW) and height.
Lawrence Weiss