12:56 p.m., June 28, 2010----Allison Altman and Richard Willy, doctoral students in the BIOMS (Biomechanics and Movement Science) Program at the University of Delaware, were recently honored by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Biomechanics Interest Group (BIG).
Altman received the ACSM BIG travel award, and Willy was selected for the organization's research award. The two were among just 10 students nationwide to receive the awards, which recognize and support promising young scientists in the field. They were recognized at the ACSM BIG Meeting in Baltimore on June 3.
Both are advised by Irene Davis, professor in UD's Department of Physical Therapy.
Altman is researching the biomechanics of footstrike patterns -- rearfoot, midfoot, and forefoot -- in runners and the mechanics of barefoot runners. She holds a bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Rochester and a master's degree from the University of Delaware.
Willy is studying the differences in lower extremity mechanics between males and females with patellofemoral pain syndrome, which is commonly known as runner's knee. He earned his bachelor's degree in exercise physiology and his master's in physical therapy from Ohio University.
Article by Diane Kukich