Sports injuries, especially the bones and cartilages damages, pose significant challenges and require surgical intervention. Currently, tissue engineering represents a promising solution towards the repair and replacement of diseased and damaged bone tissue with engineered grafts, which can provide mechanical support during repair and regeneration of injured tissue.
The proposed project will develop an augmented reality coaching system for individualized sports training with a focus on athletes’ kinesthetic and spatial awareness.
We propose that Sport and Craft are counterparts to one another and especially connect to the body-centered, disciplined physical aspects required for both 3D art making and sport. We want to know where these skill-sets meet and recognize the similarities to approach and connection of subject matter where the culminating physical award is an object of achievement, recorded history, and desire.
We will collaborate with community groups and high schools in South Phoenix to deploy a granular network of urban AQ and temperature sensors to support athlete health.
Our project proposes to address this community need through by (a) developing an applied non-profit internship course at ASU to develop students as empowered role models and community youth sport coaches, (b) collaborating with local youth nonprofits and schools to create new sport access sites for girls, and (c) creating an empirically-based and culturally adapted volunteer coach training course.
We have successfully characterized foot-ankle mechanics during various postural balance and walking tasks and constructed simple yet competent biomechanics-based models. Building upon these, we aim to design and control a soft active ankle brace that is capable of adaptively changing its mechanical properties, in particular, stiffness at the ankle joint, in a task-dependent manner.
This study focuses on how athletes can prepare for exercise in high temperatures by following a short term heat acclimation program as well as how athletes can cool their bodies in the same climate.
For almost three decades, athletes, coaches, and researchers have been interested in ‘flow’ as an explanation of optimal performance in sport. Flow, or being ‘in the zone’, is a state where the mind and body are in harmony, negative thinking and doubt is absent, and functioning is enhanced. While we have a considerable understanding of flow among athletes and within competitive sport, we know less about how sport contributes to flow among the general public.