Current & Future Projects
1) Homeless Physical Therapy Program
Providing free physical rehabilitation services for undeserved people in Santa Barbara, California.
2) Community-based Adolescent Female Athlete Development Program
Based on current research literature, this study will seek to create an affordable, scalable, time-efficient and effective community-based solution to common lower extremity (hip/knee/ankle/foot) injuries in pre-adolescent and adolescent females who are active in any running-based activity or sport. Such a solution has not previously been identified.
3) Hip Strength & Performance
Hip strength is arguably one of the most important factors necessary for human locomotion, balance and thus quality of life. Recently, much attention has been given to emphasis the development of gluteal muscle strength for athletic performance, fitness, recreation & rehabilitation. However, the understanding of the best way to achieve gluteal muscle activation and progression of exercises based on exercise effectiveness is poorly understood. The goal of this study is to identify the best exercises, and the best way to do the exercises, that will optimize hip strength in the least amount of time. This study will utilize surface electromyography and high speed motion capture video in the laboratory.
4) Senior Fall Prevention Study
Falls in the elderly are the #1 cause of morbidity. Fear of falling is the primary reason the elderly are limited in their mobility and thus quality of life. This study aims to correlate walking speed with fall risk and identify key strategies to teach optimal walking gait speed/cadence to reduce the risk for falling.
5) Volleyball Jump & Landing Mechanics Study
Pain in the front of the knee is a common complaint amongst many jumping athletes, including volleyball players. Few studies have examined the detailed kinematics (movement characteristics of body parts) of the legs during the landing phase of volleyball players as they return to the ground from jumping at the net. Based on the findings of this study, we may have the tools to better teach kids & adults alike HOW to land in ways that will reduce their risk for developing pain and injury to the front of their knees.