The Movement Optimization & Variability for Exercise Sustainment (MOVES) Lab is made up of a group of athletic trainers, engineers, and students who are exploring human movement.
The goal of the MOVES Lab is to minimize the occurrence of injuries and increase performance in a variety of active populations. The MOVES Lab works with Ohio State athletes, the military, youth baseball teams, high schools across the country, and active individuals in the Columbus area.
Are you interested in getting involved with the MOVES Lab? Contact Jimmy Onate at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The National Federation of State High School Associations considers the pre-participation physical evaluations (PPE) a prerequisite to athletics participation, yet despite this recommendation there are no large-scale controlled trials confirming the effectiveness of the PPE.
The recently updated PPE guidelines promote a “functional” aspect of testing by incorporating performance based tests designed to evaluate deficits in movement control for identification of increased predisposition for injury.
Limitations exist concerning the best recommended functional test components, their ability to predict musculoskeletal injury, and effectiveness as compared to a traditional PPE.
As a first step towards addressing this limitation, our preliminary data demonstrates that deficits in functional performance (i.e., balance, strength, and movement control) are able to predict lower extremity injury.
To address the gap in the knowledge of the PPE musculoskeletal examination, we will utilize an innovative approach to develop a cost-effective and time efficient F-PPE for use in clinical settings.
We will utilize a national cohort of randomly recruited high schools currently participating in a large-scale prospective longitudinal injury surveillance study (High School Reporting Injuries Online-RIO™ project). By using our High School RIO injury surveillance system we will record injury occurrence on athletes from 20 high schools for one year to identify which F-PPE measurement(s) are best associated with injury risk and develop operational procedures for the F-PPE.
Our primary hypothesis is that functional pre-participation physical evaluations (F-PPE) will better predict lower extremity injury than traditional PPE.
Aim 1 hypothesis is that asymmetry indices will provide improved positive predictive value during a standardized F-PPE operational procedure developed to predict lower extremity injury risk for individuals participating in organized high school sponsored athletics.
Aim 2 will utilize the F-PPE operational procedure developed in Aim 1 on a different set of 20 high schools that will be followed for three years to establish the prediction capabilities of the F-PPE.
Aim 2 hypothesis is that injury risk prediction performance of the F-PPE will provide increased predictive capabilities as compared to the traditional PPE musculoskeletal examination model for assessing lower extremity injury risk in high school-aged athletic participants.
The proposed research is significant because it will help to understand the parameters of functional performance testing in the PPE and evaluate methods for improving risk prediction of musculoskeletal lower extremity injury.
- Lakeside (Ohio)
- Edgewood (Ohio)
- Conneaut (Ohio)
- Hamilton (Ohio)
- Saint John (Ohio)
- Laurel School (Ohio)
- Justin-Siena (California)
- Rancho Mirage (California)
- Mountain View (Colorado)
- Mountain Range (Colorado)
- Whitefield Academy (Georgia)
- North Gwinnett (Georgia)
- Resurrection College Prep (Illinois)
- South Putnam (Indiana)
- Culver (Indiana)
- Eastern Greene (Indiana)
- Greenup County (Kentucky)
- Loyola Blakefield (Maryland)
- Hellgate (Montana)
- Hamilton (Montana)
- Oxford Area (Pennsylvania)
- Bishop Lynch (Texas)
- Heritage (Virginia)
- Enumclaw (Washington)
If you want to get involved with this study or have any questions, email the FPPE project Manager, Cambrie Starkel at email@example.com.
The goal of the Human Performance Program (HPP) arm of the USSOCOM Preservation of The Force and Families Task Force (POTFF-TF) is to attain and maintain a peak level of human performance through the development of top-caliber physical conditioning and maintenance programs compared to those of professional sports organizations. The HPP will focus on physical conditioning to not only accomplish military missions in the short-term but to emphasize the maintenance of peak performance in the long-term to lengthen the careers of operators, and ensure a high quality life for operators and their families. The ultimate goal of the CREST Surveillance and Monitoring model is optimizing sustainability of SOF operators through a systematic approach.
The implementation of the CREST Surveillance and Monitoring model focuses efforts at optimizing human performance, limiting attrition and gross manpower losses from accidental or occupational injuries in high-risk activities. The ongoing monitoring will identify injury and occupational risk, and will aid in the rapid recovery, rehabilitation, and reconditioning of SOF operators throughout their careers and lives. The comprehensive surveillance and tracking model provides a vehicle to analyze trends and provide solutions to address the Human Performance capability gaps.
Hip FAI Study
This study will use various methods to assess muscular strength and gait mechanics to determine if differences exist. Subjects will be asked to perform standing strength tests, walk/jog on a treadmill, and replicate a predetermined position while standing and moving their leg. The testing session will be completed a second time six months after surgery, and a third time twelve months after surgery. This study poses minimal risk to subjects, as any task performed during testing is of less intensity than an average exercise routine or rehabilitation program. The information gathered from this study will help to develop and validate effective rehabilitation programs.
Gait mechanics will be assessed using a 3-dimensional motion capture camera system. Retro-reflective markers will be placed on various anatomical landmarks to capture the motion of the segment while running/walking on a treadmill. The images collected will appear only as dots on a computer screen; no recognizable footage will be collected of subjects. Proprioception will be assessed using a functional joint position sense test. This test will also be measured through the use of the 3-dimensional camera system. Subjects will be asked to recreate a predetermined position. Strength will be measured using a load cell attached to the wall, an isokinetic dynamometer, and various body weight exercises. Electromyographical data will be collected throughout the entire session. Prior to any test performance, subjects will have adhesive electrodes placed over the muscles of the hip. The data recorded will assess muscle recruitment response to task demand.
If you want to get involved with this study or have any questions, contact Meghan Miller, AT at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Neuroplasticity in ACL Injury
To get involved as a participant we are recruiting:
- Physically active individuals who have had an ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injury or
- Physically active individuals with no history of ACL injury
- Movement mechanics (running, jumping) and
- Functional magnetic resonance brain imaging
Motor Learning Study
Any questions about this upcoming study should be directed to Eric Schussler ATC, PT at:Schussler.Eric@gmail.com.
Injuries and Performance in Baseball and Softball
This project is currently recruiting athletes across the country to participate in this study by taking a short survey online. If you or your team might have individuals interested in participating, now or in the future, you can contact us using the information below for more information.
The OSU Sports Biomechanics Lab also offers a biomechanical and functional movement screening to identify individual characteristics that may be keeping pitchers and hitters from performing their best. Individuals as well as teams are welcome to participate in biomechanical and functional movement screenings at any time. For more information or to schedule a screening, contact us using the information provided below.
Contact: Mike McNally, MS, CSCS Movement Analysis and Performance Lab Manager, PhD Student - School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Phone: (614) 293-2246
Meet the MOVES Research Team
Mike McNally, MS, CSCS — Movement Analysis and Performance Lab Manager
Cambrie Starkel, MS — FPPE Project Manager
Dan Clifton MEd, ATC, CES — PhD Student
Eric Schussler — PhD Student
Meghan Miller — PhD Student
Gabrielle Collucci — Graduate Student
Chris Ballance — Undergrad Student
Ani Tarimala — Undergrad Student
Jared Seidel — Undergrad Student
Cameron Armstrong — Undergrad Student
Emily Holmes — Undergrad Student
Jack Cerne — Undergrad Student
Armelle DeRiso — Undergrad Student
Olivia DiCarlantonio — Undergrad Student
Kristen Looman — Undergrad Student
Alexandria Silvestri — Undergrad Student
Tim Hawkins Hodgson — Undergrad Student
The MOVES Lab and its research team constantly develop new research ideas and questions. Here are just one of the team's additional research projects: