Researchers using virtual reality to perturb balance
Researchers in the Department of Kinesiology at East Carolina University are using virtual reality to study balance control in concussion and recovery. Concussions are most often caused by a blow to the head or body that affects brain function. Although usually temporary, a concussion can cause headaches and problems with concentration, coordination, memory and balance. Athletes of all ages as well as military service members can be sidelined from a week or two to much longer while the brain rests and recovers.
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Kevin White, Assistant Professor, College of Health and Human Performance
Kevin White, assistant professor in the School of Social Work, is analyzing data collected through the national Quality Improvement Center for Adoption and Guardianship Support and Preservation to improve outcomes for children who leave foster care through adoption or guardianship. Children in the foster care system often face developmental issues — including serious physical and mental health challenges. White’s work intends to support foster parents so that more children can be placed in stable, permanent homes.
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BS Exercise Physiology student, Michaela Dunlap
I’m using a computer program called OpenSim to see how the moment arm of the semitendinosus (a hamstring muscle) is affected when the insertion site is moved. The semitendinosus tendon is a very common graft choice for ACL reconstructions and after surgery, this tendon regenerates in the majority of patients. It’s very rare for the regenerated tendon to attach itself near the original insertion site and it’s not known how this change in insertion site affects the moment arm of the semitendinosus.
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