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Athletic Training Research Laboratory

Athletic Traing Lab Group

Research in this lab focuses on a broad range of topics in biomechanics, including gait mechanics, figure skating simulation software, biomechanical analysis of sport, clinical applications of biomechanics, rehabilitation biomechanics, pediatric obesity, and community-based activity programs.

 

 

 

Lab Personnel

Directors: Drs. Thomas W. Kaminski & Charles “Buz” Swanik
• Kaminski (professor)
• Swanik (associate professor)
• Geoff Gustavsen, MD (medical director)
• Doctoral Students – Kathy Liu, Laura Miller, Alan Needle

Current Projects

A variety of testing models and instrument/software platforms are used to advance this research agenda including the study of chronic ankle instability, the role of fatigue with injuries, the neuropsychological effects of purposeful heading in soccer, the neurocognitive and biomechanical factors related to non-contact injuries, including stability, proprioception and muscle stiffness. The laboratory is equipped with unique combination of clinical instruments and technology including a KinCom AP125 Isokinetic Dynamometer, a Bortec 8 channel EMG system, a pneumatically-driven ankle perturbation device, a custom-designed muscle stiffness and proprioception testing device, a pair of computerized neuropsychological testing batteries on 14 laptops for portable testing platforms, and a Biopac MP150 Data Acquisition System for reflex and nerve conduction studies.

Collaborative projects have been developed within the University of Delaware including the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics, Departments of Physical Therapy, Mechanical & Chemical Engineering, Student Health Services and Intramural Athletics and Recreation Services. In addition, several State of Delaware interscholastic (high school) sports programs and regional Sports Medicine specialists are involved with current research efforts.

Publications

The laboratory research group has numerous annual peer-reviewed scientific publications, published abstracts, and a multitude of professional presentations ranging from regional clinical meetings to international sports medicine conferences.

Journal Publications

    Needle, A.R. & Kaminski, T.W. The effectiveness of low-capacity pulsed ultrasound, capacitively coupled electric fields, and extracorporeal shock wave therapy in healing stress fractures: A systematic review. Athletic Training & Sports Health Care. 1(3), 133-139, 2009.

    Gutierrez, G.M., & Kaminski, T.W., & Douex, A.T. Neuromuscular control and ankle instability. Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.1(4), 359-365, 2009.

    Kaminski, T.W, Groff, R.M., & Glutting, J.J. How often must you perform the Automated Neuropsychological Assessment Metric (ANAM) test to get a stable baseline score? Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology. 31(6), 689-697, 2009.

    Koscs, M., Kaminski, T.W., Swanik, C.B., & Edwards, D.G. Effects of exertional exercise on the Standardized Assessment of Concussion (SAC) score. Athletic Training & Sports Health Care. 1(1), 24-30, 2009.

    Jackson, N.D., Gutierrez, G.M., Kaminski, T.W. The effect of fatigue and habituation on the stretch reflex of the ankle musculature. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology (Available online 29 August 2007) 19(1), 75-84, 2009.

    Kaminski, T.W. Cousino, E.S., & Glutting, J.J. Examining the relationship between purposeful heading in soccer and computerized neuropsychological test performance. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 79(2), 235-244, 2008.

    Morrison, K.E., & Kaminski T.W. The Reproducibility of an Isokinetic Testing Technique at the Ankle Joint. Isokinetics and Exercise Science, 15, 245-251, 2007.

    Gutierrez, G., Jackson, N.D., Margiotta, S., Dorr, K., & Kaminski, T.W. Effect of fatigue on neuromuscular function at the ankle. Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, 16, 295-306, 2007

    Kaminski, T.W., Rasmussen, A.M., Gutierrez, G.M., Glutting, J. Purposeful heading during a season does not influence cognitive function or balance in female soccer players. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 29(7), 742-751, 2007

    Morrison, K.E., & Kaminski T.W. Foot characteristics in association with inversion ankle injury. Journal of Athletic Training, 42(1), 135-142, 2007. (1st Runner-Up for the 2008 Journal of Athletic Training Clint Thompson Clinical Advancement Award)

    Carter, A.B., Kaminski T.W., Douex, A.T., Knight, C.A., & Richards, J.G. The effects of high volume upper extremity plyometric training on throwing velocity and functional strength ratios of the shoulder rotators in collegiate baseball players. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 21(1), 208-215, 2007.

    Plisky, P.J., Rauh, M.J., Kaminski, T.W., & Underwood, F.B. Star Excursion Balance Test as a predictor of lower extremity injury in high school basketball players. Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, 36(12), 911-919, 2006.

    Kaminski, T.W. 3rd International Ankle Symposium Supplement Section: Keynote Lectures – The relationship between muscle strength deficits and chronic ankle instability. Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, 36(11), A-10, 2006.

    Hatzel, B.M., Horodyski, M.B., Kaminski, T.W., Meister, K., Powers, M.E., & Brunt, D. Measurement of glenohumeral joint laxity using the KT-2000 knee ligament arthrometer: Reliability analysis. Physical Therapy in Sport, 7, 137-143, 2006.

    Fiscus, K.A., Kaminski, T.W., & Powers, M.E. Changes in lower leg blood flow during warm, cold, and contrast water therapy. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 86, 1404-1410, 2005.

    Hertel, J., & Kaminski, T.W. Second international ankle symposium summary statement. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, 35(5), A1-A6, 2005.

    Meister, K., Day, T., Horodyski, M.B., Kaminski, T.W., Wasik, M., & Tillman, S. Rotational motion changes in the glenohumeral joint of the adolescent/little league baseball player. American Journal of Sports Medicine, 33(5), 693-698, 2005.

    Dannecker, E.A., Hausenblas, H.A., Kaminski, T.W., & Robinson, M.E. Sex differences in delayed onset muscle pain. The Clinical Journal of Pain, 21(2), 120-126, 2005.

    Powers, M.E., Buckley, B.D., Kaminski, T.W., Hubbard, T.J., & Ortiz, C. Six weeks of strength and proprioception training does not affect muscle fatigue and static balance in those with functional ankle instability. Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, 13, 201-227, 2004.

    Porter, G.K., & Kaminski, T.W. Knee angle does not affect eversion to inversion peak torque ratios derived from an isokinetic dynamometer. Isokinetics and Exercise Science, 12, 99-104, 2004

    Hubbard, T.J., Kaminski, T.W., Vander Griend, R., & Kovaleski, J.E. Quantitative assessment of mechanical laxity in the functionally unstable ankle. Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise, 36, 760-766, 2004

Refereed Abstracts

Douex, A.T. & Kaminski, T.W. Comparison of functional and isokinetic fatigue protocols: Injury research implications. 33rd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics. August 2009.

Miller, L.M., Richards, J., Kaminski, T.W. & Royer, T. Kinematic description of three types of softball pitches using a unique glenohumeral model. 33rd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics. August 2009.

Morrison, K., Hudson, DJ., Davis, I.S., Royer, T.D., Dierks, T., Richards, J.G. & Kaminski, T.W. Assessment of rearfoot plantar pressure distributions and center of pressure trajectory during a running gait in subjects with chronic ankle instability. Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, 39(10), A-12, 2009.

Kaminski, T.W., Gutierrez, G.M., & Glutting, J.J. A comprehensive isokinetic strength analysis in those with self-reported ankle instability. Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, 39(10), A-11, 2009.

Gutierrez, G.M. & Kaminski, T.W. Preparatory and reactive muscle activity and kinematics during landings on a supinating platform in persons with ankle instability. Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, 39(10), A-11, 2009.

Needle, A.R. & Kaminski, T.W. The effectiveness of low-capacity pulsed ultrasound, capacitively coupled electric fields, and extracorporeal shock wave therapy in healing stress fractures: A systematic review. International Symposium on Sports Medicine – Israel. July 2009.

Ristori, C.A., Eberman, L.E., Tripp, B.L., Kaminski, T.W., & Doherty-Restrepo, J.L. Approved clinical instructor accurately estimate athletic training student learning style. Journal of Athletic Training (Supplement) 44 (3), S-98, 2009.

Rosen A.B., Swanik, C.B., Kaminski, T.W., Thomas, S.J., & Knight, C.A. Differences in lateral drop-jumps from unknown heights among individuals with ankle instability. Journal of Athletic Training (Supplement) 44 (3), S-19, 2009.

Morrison, K., Dierks, T., Royer, T.D., Richards, J.G., Hudson, D., Davis, I.S., & Kaminski, T.W. Ankle and rearfoot mechanics during a running gait in subjects with chronic ankle instability. Journal of Athletic Training (Supplement) 44 (3), S-13, 2009.

Kaminski, T.W., Gilliam, M.B., Swanik, C.B., Edwards, D.G., & Glutting, J.J. Does previous concussion history influence balance and neuropsychological function after heading in soccer players? Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 41 (5), S-119, 2009.

Gutierrez, G.M. & Kaminski, T.W. A novel ankle-supinating device. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 41 (5), S-359-360, 2009.

Bucks, N, Kaminski, T.W., Glutting, J.J., Collina, S. & Webner, D. The relationship between purposeful heading exposure and neuropsychological test performance in collegiate soccer players. Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, 19(2), 164, 2009. (Recipient of the “Best in Research” award – Crozier Medical Center May 2009)
Douex, A.T. & Kaminski, T.W. Comparison of fatigue effects between genders using a novel functional fatigue protocol. Journal of Athletic Training (Supplement) 43 (3), S-78, 2008.

Miller, L.M., Kaminski, T.W., Richards, J., & Royer, T. Biomechanical comparison of different types of pitches in high school softball pitchers. Journal of Athletic Training (Supplement) 43 (3), S-23, 2008.

Rosen, A.B., Chhabra, S. , & Kaminski, T.W. Accuracy of the Diagnostic Tests Used in the Assessment of Superior Labrum, Anterior and Posterior (SLAP) Lesions. Journal of Athletic Training (Supplement) 43 (3), S-89, 2008.

Morrison, K.E., Hudson, D.J., & Kaminski, T.W. Assessment of center of pressure trajectory during a running gait in subjects with chronic ankle instability. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 40 (5), S-340, 2008.

Kaminski, T.W. & McCartney, T.A. Does heading frequency affect neuropsychological test performance in interscholastic female soccer players? Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 40 (5), S-69, 2008.

Douex, A.T., Gutierrez, G.M., & Kaminski, T.W Validation of a novel functional fatigue protocol using knee joint torque and electromyography. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 40 (5), S-479, 2008.

Neeld, K.L., Douex, A.T., Gutierrez, G.M., & Kaminski, T.W. Strength and stretch reflex characteristics in collegiate ice hockey players. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport.79(1) (Supplement), A-97, 2008.

Ross, M, Kaminski, T.W., Swanik, C., & Reisman, A. Agonist/antagonist strength deficits in the calf are related to lower extremity injury in collegiate football players. Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, 18(2), 192, 2008.

Groff, E.R., Kaminski, T.W., & Glutting, J.J. How often must you perform the automated neuropsychological assessment metric (ANAM) test to get a stable baseline score? Journal of Athletic Training (Supplement) 42 (2), S-108, 2007.

Kaminski, T.W., Groff, E.R., & Glutting, J.J. Comparing ANAM and ImPACT computerized neuropsychological test scores derived from a group of uninjured intercollegiate athletes. Journal of Athletic Training (Supplement) 42 (2), S-29, 2007.

Douex, A.T, Kaminski, T.W., Swanik, C.B., & Glutting, J.J. Examining the neurocognitive effects of exercise-induced fatigue using a computerized neuropsychological test. Journal of Athletic Training (Supplement) 42 (2), S-16, 2007. [NATAREF Doctoral Student Award Finalist 2007]

Gutierrez, G.M., Jackson, N.D., & Kaminski, T.W. Habituation and fatigue in the stretch reflex of the ankle. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 39 (5), S-265, 2007.

Douex, A.T., Neeld, K.L., & Kaminski, T.W. Functional ankle strength ratios and stretch reflex behavior in male collegiate ice hockey players. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 39 (5), S-262, 2007.

Morrison, K.E., Hudson, D.J., & Kaminski, T.W. Dynamic plantar pressure distributions in subjects with ankle instability. Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, 36(11), A-24, 2006.

Gustavsen, G.P., Gutierrez, G.M., & Kaminski, T.W. The effects of a single electrical nerve stimulation of the peroneal nerve on the symptoms and neuromuscular deficits associated with chronic ankle instability. Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, 36(11), A-21, 2006.

Caulfield, B., Monaghan, K., Kaminski, T.W., & Hertel, J. Do we need to standardize the way in which we classify those with chronic ankle instability? Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, 36(11), A-19, 2006.

Gutierrez, G.M., Jackson, N.D, & Kaminski, T.W. The effect of fatigue on stretch reflex latency of the ankle musculature. Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, 36(11), A-12, 2006.

Carter, A.B., Kaminski, T.W. & Douex, A.T. The effects of high volume upper extremity plyometric training on throwing velocity and functional strength ratios of the shoulder rotators in collegiate baseball players. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 20 (4), e4, 2006.

Cousino, E.S., & Kaminski, T.W. Test-retest reliability analysis involving five subtests from the Automated Neuropsychological Assessment Metrics. Journal of Athletic Training (Supplement) 41 (2), S-95, 2006. [NATAREF Undergraduate Student Poster Award Finalist 2006]

Kaminski, T.W., & Cousino, E.S. Does purposeful heading in soccer negatively impact computerized neuropsychological test performance? Journal of Athletic Training (Supplement) 41 (2), S-39, 2006.

Gutierrez, G.M., Surdam, N.D., Dorr, K, Margiotta, S., & Kaminski, T.W. Effect of fatigue on neural activity of the ankle musculature. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 38 (5), S-445, 2006.

Kaminski, T.W., & Gustavsen, G.P. A comprehensive isokinetic strength analysis in those with self-reported ankle instability. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 38 (5), S-265, 2006.

Kolar, K.E. Hudson, D.J., & Kaminski, T.W. Analysis of running biomechanics in subjects with ankle instability. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 38 (5), S-65, 2006.

Plisky, P, Rauh, M., Kaminski, T.W., & Underwood, F. Incidence of injury in boys and girls high school basketball players. Journal of Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy, 36(1), A-81 – A-82, 2006.

Plisky, P, Rauh, M., Kaminski, T.W., & Underwood, F. Star Excursion Balance Test predicts lower extremity injury in high school basketball players. Journal of Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy, 36(1), A-73, 2006.

Surdam, N.S, Dorr, K., Margiotta, S, Gutierrez, G., & Kaminski, T.W. Effect of fatigue on neuromuscular activity of the ankle. EATA Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium. [EATA Undergraduate Student Poster Award Finalist 2006]

Cousino, E.S., & Kaminski, T.W. Examining neuropsychological test performance in different age groups of female interscholastic soccer players. Journal of Athletic Training (Supplement) 40 (2), S-97, 2005. [NATAREF Undergraduate Student Poster Award Finalist 2005]

Douex A.T., & Kaminski, T.W. The effects of muscle fatigue on gender-based dynamic postural stability response. Journal of Athletic Training (Supplement) 40 (2), S-30, 2005.

Kaminski, T.W., Douex, A.T., & Kolar, K.E. Examining power output following an acute bout of intensive exercise in subjects with ankle instability. Journal of Athletic Training (Supplement) 40 (2), S-26, 2005.

Carter, A.B., Douex, A.T., & Kaminski, T.W. Examining functional isokinetic strength ratios in a group of NCAA division I intercollegiate baseball players. Journal of Athletic Training (Supplement) 40 (2), S-22, 2005.

Kaminski, T.W., & Kolar, K.E. Analyzing time to and angle of isokinetic peak torque in those with self-reported ankle instability. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 37 (5), S-397, 2005.

Gustavsen, G.P., & Kaminski, T.W. Functional strength ratios in unstable ankles are impacted by a single peroneal nerve stimulation. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 37 (5), S-161, 2005.

Gustavsen, G.P., & Kaminski, T.W. A single electrical stimulation of the fibular (peroneal) nerve improves symptoms seen in chronic functional ankle instability and impacts dorsiflexor/plantar flexor reciprocal muscle group ratios. Journal of Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy, 35(5), A22-23, 2005.

Kaminski, T.W., & Cousino, E.S. Examining functional strength ratios between those with ankle instability and a control group with uninjured ankles. Journal of Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy, 35(5), A18, 2005.

Buckley, B.D., Kaminski, T.W., & Tillman, M.D. Comparison of muscle activation patterns in boys and girls during a simple landing task. Journal of Athletic Training (Supplement) 39 (2), S-68, 2004.

Kaminski, T.W., & Higgins, M.J. Understanding the relationship between heading a soccer ball and neuropsychological performance in girl’s interscholastic soccer. Journal of Athletic Training (Supplement) 39 (2), S-18, 2004.

Tibbetts, N.L., Weichel, D.W., & Kaminski, T.W. Examining the test-retest reliability of a novel functional hop test. Journal of Athletic Training (Supplement) 39 (2), S-91A, 2004. [NATAREF Undergraduate Student Poster Award Finalist 2004]

Kaminski, T.W., & Higgins, M.J.. Examining end-range eccentric force in a group of subjects with self-reported functional ankle instability. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 36 (5), S-287, 2004.

Pretz, R. Tan, K., & Kaminski, T.W. The effects of high-volume, upper-extremity plyometric training on isokinetic force production of the shoulder rotators in a group of collegiate baseball players. Journal of Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy 34(1), A63, 2004.

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