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  • Is variability in training and gait behavior during running associated with retrospective injuries in runners? The purpose of this study is to investigate the association of running gait and training variability with retrospective running-related injuries in runners. (Dr. Paquette, collaboration: Dr. Clare Milner)

  • Effects of elliptical training on pain, motor function, muscle strength and knee joint kinetics during walking in people with knee osteoarthritis. The purpose of this pilot study is to assess the effectiveness of a 6-week elliptical training intervention on knee pain, QOL, motor function, quadriceps strength, and gait behavior in people with knee OA. (Dr. Paquette, collaboration: Dr. Audrey Zucker-Levin, Dr. Paul DeVita, Dr. William Mihalko: funded by The University of Memphis Faculty Research Grant Fund)

  • Footwear effects on agility and balance performance following reactive agility training. The purpose of this study is to test the effect of footwear type on agility, speed, and balance variables following a 6-week agility training intervention. (Josh Bravo/Dr. Paquette, Master’s Thesis Project)

  • Relationship of Lower-body Dimensions and Upper-leg Angular Orientation to Vertical Jump Performance. The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship of lower-body segmental dimensions, and quadriceps angle with vertical jump performance in young adults. (Johnpaul Caia/Dr. Weiss).

 

  • Performance predictors of power output in elite and sub-elite cyclists during seated and standing cycling. The purpose of this study will be to investigate lower extremity biomechanical predictors of power output of elite and sub-elite cyclists during seated and standing cycling (Joe Hoekstra/Dr. Paquette, Master’s Thesis Project: funded by Precis Velo, LLC)

  • An eight-week reactive balance training program in older healthy adults: a preliminary investigation. The purpose of this study is to examine the effects of an 8-week agility training program on reaction time, foot speed, static balance and balance confidence in healthy older adults. (Dr. Paquette/Dr. Li: funded by The QuickBoard, LLC)

  • Effects of MSM supplementation on oxidative stress, inflammation, and functional and athletic measures of performance following eccentric exercise. The purpose of this study is to determine the influence of MSM on oxidative stress, inflammation, and physical performance following eccentric exercise in recreationally active men. (Dr. Paquette/Dr. Schilling/Dr. Bloomer: funded by Bergstrom Nutrition)

  • Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams’ physical performance requirements. Little is known about the most frequent physical tasks that SWAT operator’s encounter most frequently during a callout, or the importance of successful completion. This study is an electronic survey that will be distributed to police departments nationwide. (Richard Easter/Dr. Schilling).

  • Special Weapons and Tactics teams’ injury risk. Similar to the above, little is known about what types of musculoskeletal injuries are most common in SWAT operators, and where those injuries occur (training vs. callouts). This study is an electronic survey that will be distributed to police departments nationwide. (Matt Davis/Dr. Schilling).

  • Physical performance characteristics of a full-time, urban Special Weapons and Tactics team. Only two published studies to date have looked at the physical fitness characteristics of SWAT operators. In both of these studies, no true laboratory measures were made in a full-time urban SWAT team. We will broaden the body of literature in this area by performing a battery of physical performance tests. (Lisa Smith/Dr. Schilling).

  • A Comparison of Knee Pain, Metabolic Cost and Biomechanics Between Elliptical Exercise and Running in Healthy Runner and Runners with Anterior Knee Pain. The purpose of this study is to get one step closer to identifying the best cross training modalities in injured runners to avoid training cessations. (Stephanie Nichols/Dr. Paquette, Master’s Thesis project, collaboration: Dr. Audrey Zucker-Levin)

  • Does an acute foot strike modification alter lower extremity joint kinetics and metabolic cost following a fatiguing run? The purpose of this study is to understand a potential interaction between muscular fatigue and foot strike modification on joint kinetics and metabolic cost in rear and forefoot strike runners. (Daniel Melcher/Dr. Paquette, Master’s Thesis project, collaboration: Dr. Tim Derrick)

  • Performance and Injury Risk Factors in Varsity Runners: A Prospective Approach . The purpose of this study is to identify performance and injury risk factors in collegiate cross-country runners using prospective data tracking during competitive seasons. (Dr. Paquette)

  • Effects of multi-component exercise training with specific visual training on fall prevention in older adults at a high-risk of falling. The purpose of this study is to compare the effects of two 8-week multi-component exercise interventions with either added visual balance training with response stepping or visual balance only training on risk of falling in older adults at a high risk of falling. (Dr. Paquette/Dr. Li)
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