Search Results for: biomechanics

December 2013

Langer Biomechanics: Quality, innovation, and education

Langer Biomechanics provides a broad array of products to keep patients mobile. The company philosophy is to leverage innovative technology, relevant client-focused services, and medical education to secure its market leader position in foot orthoses, ankle foot orthoses (AFOs), and other durable medical equipment (DME) products.

By LER Staff

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August 2013

UNO opens $6M biomechanics building

The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will hold the official ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new $6-million biomechanics research facility on September 5 during the annual meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics. The 23,000-square-foot building houses research efforts led … Continue reading

July 2013

Kicking biomechanics: Importance of balance

Kicking is a whole-body movement that is responsive to a wide range of constraints related to the task, the environment, and the athlete. Preliminary research also suggests that balance control in the support leg plays a key role in athletes’ kicking performance.

By David I. Anderson, PhD, and Ben Sidaway, PT, PhD

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April 2013

Orthopedist Jacquelin Perry dies, leaves legacy of innovative biomechanics work

Jacquelin Perry, MD, DSc (Hon), died on March 11 in her home in Downey, CA. She was 94, and worked until near the end of her life at Los Angeles’s Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center, where she cared for patients and conducted research for more than 50 years.

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March 2013

OFFLOADING: Walkers’ effect on proximal biomechanics varies depending on design characteristics

Tibial inclination appears significant – Orthotic walkers have significant effects on proximal joint mechanics during gait, the extent of which appear to depend on individual device design, according to research from the University of Central Lancashire in the UK.

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December 2012

Langer Biomechanics: Quality, innovation, and education

Langer Biomechanics provides a broad array of products to keep patients mobile. The company philosophy embraces the concept of harnessing innovation in order to maintain its legacy of industry leadership. Earlier this year, Langer made…

By Ellen Oliver

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May 2012

STEPS AHEAD: Advances in foot and ankle biomechanics

Foot and ankle experts from across the globe gathered in Sydney, Australia, in April for the third International Foot & Ankle Biomechanics (i-FAB) congress. LER’s exclusive coverage of this event starts with the ever-controversial topic of barefoot running and goes on to examine clinical and scientific progress related to plantar pressures, diabetes, pediatrics, unstable shoes, and osteoarthritis.

By Jordana Bieze Foster

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STEPS AHEAD: Advances in foot and ankle biomechanics

Foot and ankle experts from across the globe gathered in Sydney, Australia, in April for the third International Foot & Ankle Biomechanics (i-FAB) congress. LER’s exclusive coverage of this event starts with the ever-controversial topic of barefoot running and goes … Continue reading

March 2012

NYCPM presents biomechanics seminars

The New York College of Podiatric Medicine is presenting a se- ries of one-day courses for foot health practitioners. Mastering Biomechanics topics include patient biomechanical assessment, prescription writing, practice management pearls, and billing, coding, and compliance review. Presentations will be … Continue reading

February 2012

Original research: Taping alters ankle biomechanics

This study found that closed basket-weave ankle taping significantly affects ankle range of motion and time to peak vertical ground reaction force, which can have implications higher up the kinetic chain that appear to vary from one indivi­dual to another.

By Matthew L. Santos-Vitorino, MS, ATC, LAT, Sue Shapiro, EdD, ATC, LAT, Kathy Ludwig, PhD, and Claire Egret, PhD

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September 2011

Langer Biomechanics offers fall seminars, free workshops

Ronkonkoma, NY-based Langer Biomechanics announced new educational offerings for practitioners specializing in lower extremity healthcare with its Comprehensive Orthopedic Man­agement of Lower Extremity Ailments (COMLEA) seminar series and the debut of the no-cost After Hours Ankle Foot Orthoses Workshop program. … Continue reading

October 2010

Study identifies gender differences in biomechanics of kicking in soccer

Gender differences in leg alignment and muscle activation during a soccer kick may in turn help explain gender differences in knee injury risk, according to research from the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.

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April 2010

Pointe shoes complicate biomechanics of ballet

Pointe shoes, which elongate a dancer’s legs and accentuate the beauty of classical ballet technique, come with their own set of biomechanical principles—and their own set of risk factors for injury.

By Selina Shah, MD

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April 2014

Delcam taps Cavanagh to give keynote at Orthotics Technology Forum in June

Biomechanics expert Peter Cavanagh, PhD, DSc, heads the presentation agenda at the 2014 North American Orthotics Technology Forum (OTF), forum sponsor Delcam announced in March. Continue reading

April 2014

ACFAOM 2014 offers interactive sessions

The American College of Foot & Ankle Orthopedics & Medicine’s (ACFAOM) annual clinical conference will focus on interactive podiatric education based on real clinical cases at its 2014 meeting, according to a March release from the organization. Continue reading

April 2014

Predicting more than risk: FMS may also have performance link

The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is best known as a predictor of future injury in athletes, but a recent two-year study of elite track and field athletes now suggests a relationship between high scores, which indicate fewer deficits, and improved performance. Continue reading

April 2014

Cleat Smarts: Foot posture and injury risk in pitchers

Injuries in baseball are fairly common, with an incidence of 5.8 injuries per 1000 athletic game exposures and 1.9 injuries per 1000 athletic practice exposures in the collegiate ranks.

By Luis A. Feigenbaum, PT, DPT, SCS, ATC, LAT, CSCS; Kathryn E. Roach, PT, PhD; Chris Vitolo PT, DPT; Victoria Bown, PT, DPT; Sabine Gempel, PT, DPT; Natalia Sikaczowski, PT, DPT; Kelly Stapf, PT, DPT; and Michelle Whitaker, PT, DPT Continue reading

April 2014

Cyclists and foot orthoses: A unique set of challenges

Finding the right orthotic design starts with the space limitations presented by cycling shoes, but the challenges for lower extremity practitioners don’t end there. Factors to consider when prescribing foot orthoses include biomechanics, skill level, cycling discipline, and bike technology.

By P.K. Daniel

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April 2014

Foot and ankle strategies for patients at risk for falls

As a result of limitations in the fall prevention research to date, investigators and clinicians are often left to make their best guesses about the effect of foot and ankle interventions based on the effect such strategies have on issues related to falls, rather than on falls themselves.

By Cary Groner

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March 2014

Fear fallout: Studies explore effects on ACL outcomes

The best time to address fear of reinjury in athletes after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction may be between three and six months after surgery, according to research from the University of Florida presented in February at the annual Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association in Las Vegas.

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March 2014

Functional tests to predict lower extremity injury risk

Adding four functional tests to the preparticipation physical evaluations performed in student athletes may allow clinicians to identify individuals at risk for lower extremity musculoskeletal injury and implement preventive interventions to maximize safe­ty in sports participation.

By Alexis Meister, BS, ATC; Dustin Grooms, MEd, ATC, CSCS; Cambrie Starkel, MS; and James Onate, PhD, ATC, FNATA

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March 2014

Bariatric surgery: Effects on patient gait and function

Existing data suggest bariatric surgery-induced weight loss can lead to rapid improvements in gait and physical function. The surgery may also help to address factors associated with knee osteoarthritis, which itself can affect mobility and function in obese patients.

By Andrew W. Froehle, PhD, Neal Dollin, MS, Richard T. Laughlin, MD, Donovan D. Teel II, MD, Richard J. Sherwood, PhD, and Dana L. Duren, PhD

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March 2014

Influence of stride length on mechanics of pitching

Because power in baseball pitchers is generated from the feet through the core to the throwing arm, the study of stride length and its impact on pitching performance may help define an optimum technique that better protects pitchers from upper extremity injuries.

By Ryan L. Crotin, PhD, and Dan K. Ramsey, PhD

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March 2014

The ideal running shoe: An elusive, evolving concept

The body of research that has evaluated running shoe prescription and injury suggests the most important factors to consider when selecting a running shoe are that it fits the foot perfectly and that the midsole is comfortable and appropriate for the individual athlete’s running style.

By Thomas C. Michaud, DC

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February 2014

Ponseti method surpasses surgery for long-term clubfoot outcomes

But both groups fall short of controls - Children treated for clubfoot with the Ponseti method have less pain and fewer gait impairments as adults than those treated with surgery, according to research from Shriners Hospital for Children in Chicago.

By Samantha Rosenblum

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