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The Cincinnati Children's Division of Sports Medicine is home to research investigators focused on promoting physical activity and sports participation in youth. The Center capitalizes on strong collaborations between the Divisions of Sports Medicine, Orthopaedics, Physical Therapy, the Heart Institute, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, and others in the Cincinnati Children’s Research Foundation to produce hypothesis-driven discoveries focused on using sports participation and physical activity for health promotion and disease prevention.
The Human Performance Laboratory, directed by Dr. Gregory
Myer, was established by Cincinnati Children’s to provide a technology-driven
laboratory to continually advance and validate cutting-edge injury prevention
and athletic development programs. Our main focus is on conducting research on
the effects of dynamic neuromuscular training programs and prescreening
evaluations on injury and performance in athletes.
Enhancement and Analysis of Movement Virtual Reality (TEAM VR) Laboratory
The TEAM VR Laboratory, directed by Dr. Adam Kiefer, is an
~2000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility that integrates virtual and augmented
reality, biofeedback and eye tracking technologies for the study of sport
performance enhancement and injury prevention. It houses two networked VR
workstations, two wireless head mounted displays for the presentation of
immersive virtual environments, and 16 infrared cameras for full body motion
capture and avatar creation.
Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy Research
The Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy Research Laboratory,
represents a collaborative venture between the Division of Sports Medicine and
the Division of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy. Housed in the
Center for Sports Medicine Research and directed by Dr. Mark Paterno, the focus
of this lab is to improve the outcome of patients seeking orthopaedic and
sports physical therapy services. Our research team of clinicians and
clinical scientists looks to investigate novel diagnostic and therapeutic
interventions which have the potential to advance clinical care.
Epidemiology (PAcE) Laboratory
The Physical Activity Epidemiology Laboratory, directed by
Dr. Nicholas M. Edwards, investigates the effects of exercise and
cardiorespiratory fitness on public health in the youth population. Using
advanced techniques to record and track movement and cardiovascular risk
factors, this lab partners with investigators in Preventive Cardiology and the
Center for Better Health and Nutrition to better understand and explain the
detrimental effects of physical inactivity and the protective effects of
pursuing an active lifestyle.
For more information on Sport Medicine Research, visit our research site or contact us.
Our Sports Medicine physical therapy program is designed to meet the needs of young athletes.
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