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Movement Dynamics and Sport Technology Laboratory

Movement Dynamics and Sport Technology Laboratory

Head of Laboratory: Uwe Kersting, Professor (UweK)
Location: Fredrik Bajers Vej 7A2, Room 2-101

Aim

A) to study the factors involved in acute and overuse injuries in momentous and popular movement contexts such as sporting and work place environments, and everyday movement. The goal is to identify the factors contributing to musculoskeletal injuries on the macroscopic and tissue level.
Fundamental research aims at identifying the interactions of mechanical loading, motor control strategies and tissue reactions in given movement tasks. Applied research aims at modifying equipment or training strategies to prevent injuring situations.
B) to study the optimization of human movements in view of maximizing performance, minimizing energy expenditure or maintaining a healthy state in dynamic motor tasks.
This area is a mainly applied research field where environmental factors such as sport surfaces, footwear, protective and sport specific equipment will be varied and studied with regard to their effects on human performance.

                    

Main Research Areas

  1. Ankle injuries in sport
    Injury mechanism of acute ankle injuries and factors involved in chronic ankle instability. We investigate how changes in surface or footwear and especially the interaction of the two affect ankle joint loading in critical situations. Further we are investigating the effect of training programs (e.g., balance) on motor organisation and relate these back to mechanical loading in the injury context.
  2. Knee injuries in sport
    Injuries to the anterior cruciate ligament are common in many sports causing a major disruption of the mechanical integrity of the joint with often severe complications. The knee joint is subject to the study of adaptational processes of cartilage and other joint stabilizing structures. Offloading modalities, training and conditioning interventions and equipment effects, e.g., in cutting movements, snowboarding and skiing are investigated.
  3. Dynamic foot function and clinical implications
    A separate research area is focused especially on the foot. In clinical studies, new concepts of assessing dynamic foot function as well as the interaction of foot structure, movement and morphology with the remaining body are investigated.
  4. Biomechanical assessment of sports technique and optimization of movement technique
    Successful athletic training is initiated on a fine line between performance leading to success or musculoskelatel overload and injury. Both dimensions are investigated in collaboration with coaches, physiotherapists and industrial cooperation partners.

Projects

An individualised model of the human ankle joint – development and application to high risk movements


Key Collaborators

  • Department of Neurorehabilitation Engineering, Bernstein Focus Neurotechnology, Göttingen University, Germany (Dario Farina)
  • Foot and Ankle Research Northern Denmark (Ole Simonson)
  • Department Sport Equipment and Materials, Technical University Munich, Germany (Veit Senner, Harald Boehm)
  • Regionshospitalet Hammel Neurocenter, Hammel, Denmark (Jørgen Feldbæk Nielsen)
  • Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH, USA (A.J. van den Bogert)
  • School of Kinesiology, University of Michigan, MI, USA (Scott McLean)
  • Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden (Anton N. Arndt)
  • University Hospital Münster, Münster University, Germany (Dieter Rosenbaum)
  • Department of Orthopedics and Biomechanics, German Sport University Cologne, Germany (Wolfgang Potthast, Anja Niehoff, Gert-Peter Brueggemann)
  • School of Education Health and Society, Miami University, OH, USA (Mark S. Walsh)
  • Max Planck Institute, Saarbrücken, Germany (Bodo Rosenhahn)
  • School of Exercise and Movement Science, The University of Sydney, Australia (Rene E.D. Ferdinands)
  • Department of Sport and Exercise Science, The University of Auckland, New Zealand (Sharon E. Walt)