One of the focus areas of the lab aims to increase our fundamental understanding of running to facilitate better running experience and performance.
Goal: To improve running performance with biomechanical interventions that reduce the metabolic cost of running.
Approach: Our recent work has provided valuable data and insights into how running shoe features affect running biomechanics and energetics, and how these lab-measured metabolic energy savings translate to improved running performance [1, 2, 3, 4]. Currently, we’re revisiting the effects of aerodynamic drag on running mechanics, energetics and performance. Next, to further our understanding of the links between running biomechanics, energetics and performance, we’ll focus on:
– validating our CFD results with runners in a wind tunnel
– experimentally evaluating the physiological consequences of fluctuations in metabolic cost due to alternately drafting and leading within a small team of runners
– exploring the interactions between surface/midsole compliance and resilience, running velocity and body mass on metabolic rate and joint loading, and how those interactions are mediated by cutaneous and proprioceptive feedback.
Opportunities: Undergraduate, M.S. and Ph.D. students with an interest in distance running performance, with a background in / an interest to learn about one or more of the following topics:
– joint mechanics, tibial stress, impact loading
– metabolic measurements, critical velocity, anaerobic capacity
– neuromechanics, muscle reflex activity, feedback / -forward control
– treadmill design, spring-mass-damper system dynamics
– aerodynamics, computational fluid dynamics simulations