Sports injury biomechanics

Sports Injury Biomechanics Lab

Established within the Wayne State University Bioengineering Center, the Sports Injury Biomechanics Lab is a state-of-the-art facility capable of evaluating all types of athletic personal protective equipment. The lab contains a Biokinetics linear impactor, NOCSAE drop stands, and a pneumatic air cannon. It has data acquisition capabilities including collecting over 130 channels of data per impact, high-speed video cameras for 3-D motional analysis, and an array of anthropometric test dummies with full instrumentation.

The test equipment provides a means to reproduce real-world sports impacts in a lab environment. These facilities are typically utilized to test prototype protective sports equipment and have been used to test protective equipment for baseball, softball, hockey, football, polo, lacrosse, soccer, and boxing. In addition to prototype testing, the Sports Injury Biomechanics Lab is responsible for certifying boxing gloves and headgear for USA Boxing.

Contacts:

John Cavanaugh
jmc@wayne.edu
313-577-3916

Liying Zhang
lzhang@wayne.edu
313-993-9434 

Completed research

Biomechanical Analysis of MTBI Associated with Football
Doctoral Student: Matthew Craig
Principal Investigator: Cynthia Bir, PhD
Funded by the National Football League Charities

Evaluation of the Cumulative Concussive Effect of Heading in Youth Soccer
Doctoral Student: Erin Hanlon
Advisor: Cynthia Bir, PhD

The Biomechanics of Wakeboarding
Doctoral Student: Christopher Wybo
Advisor: Cynthia Bir, PhD

Evaluation of Acceleration Techniques for Measuring Head Impact Biomechanics
Thesis Student: Matthew McCann
Principal Investigator: Cynthia Bir, PhD
Funded by the U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory and USA Boxing

Correlation Between Punch Dynamics and Risk of Injury: Biomedical Analysis of a Boxer's Punch
Principal Investigator: Cynthia Bir, PhD
Funded by USA Boxing

Assessment of MTBI in Female Boxers
Principal Investigator: Marianne Wilhelm, PhD
Co-Investigator: Cynthia Bir, PhD
Funded by the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment

Biomechanical Response of the Temporomandibular Joint from Impacts in Boxing
Doctoral Student: Timothy Walilko
Advisor: Cynthia Bir, PhD

Remote Computerized Injury Surveillance System
Principal Investigator: Cynthia Bir, PhD
Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention