MIE Faculty Candidate Research Seminar: Scott Monfort, Ohio State University
- Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 11:00am
- Roberts Hall - view map
From Cancer Patients to Athletes - Effects of Neurologic Impairments on Balance, Gait, and Sport Movements
ABSTRACT: The control of human movement is intimately associated with various central and peripheral nervous system structures. Even seemingly 'mindless' tasks such as walking have previously been shown to require some level of cognitive attention. Therefore, it isn't surprising that neurologic impairments can have substantial functional consequences including increased risk of falling or sustaining an injury, depending on the population. Understanding the biomechanical effects that accompany various neurologic impairments may contribute to advances in patient-specific fall and injury prevention efforts. My research involves a biomechanics-based, interdisciplinary approach to provide new insight into functional impairments and instability in neurologically impaired populations. This approach utilizes kinematic, kinetic, and nonlinear stability analyses of human movement to identify the presence of and/or recovery from impaired function. In this talk, I will discuss findings in cancer patients and athletes to motivate the broad applicability and population-specific implications of this research.