Scott Dueball, second year Biomechanics Laboratory graduate assistant, is the recipient of the Keys/Litten/Smith award for outstanding research at the recent March 30 Student Symposium.
Scott presented his thesis project titled, The Effect of Height on Musculoskeletal Injury While Performing Drop Landings. This study is examining the occurrence of stress fractures. Stress fractures occur when small breaks build up within the bone resulting in a larger break. These breaks are a result of forces well within the safe range for bone. As many as 10% of sports injuries are stress fractures. Further, between 2% and 12% of all military recruits in the U.S. will suffer a stress fracture. The high incidence of this phenomena is the motivation for this study. The study uses the subjects' actual bone model with musculoskeletal modeling to simulate the response to impact forces on the tibia. This methodology is non-invasive which is more desirable in research for a myriad of reasons.
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