I am currently a senior bioengineering major at the University of Pittsburgh, concentrating in biomechanics. I have been working in a gait analysis lab for over a year now, but am looking to pursue a career in pitching biomechanics after graduation. If I am leaning toward grad school, is there anyone at a university doing research in this area? Additionally, where are the types of places I could expect to find a job, if I choose that route instead.
Post by Yungchien "Amiao" Chu on Oct 24, 2006 12:06:06 GMT -6
I am a graduate student studying in biomechanics at Univ of Georgia, and my graduate thesis is about pitching. While you can find a gait lab almost everywhere, it is very difficult to find any university doing pitching study. If you look up the current relative publications, you will find most of these studies are conducted in some private research institutes, such as ASMI.
In previous years, besides those medical studies, limited pitching biomechanics researches were done by people in universities. As I know, researchers in University of Delaware and Bowling Green State University published few. But if you look at their website, you see baseball pitching is not of their labs' research interests. What it means is you can still do the topic you want even it is not the goal of your lab, just like what I am doing.
You can also just enroll a graduate program and come to ASMI to be a student researcher, participating our studies.
University of Pittsburgh itself, as I know, has a biomechanics lab doing some upper extremity studies, including golf swinging. Although not fit perfectly, it could be closer to your interest, comparing to those gait labs. Indiana University did some hammer throwing and tennis serving stuff these years, which could be another choice.
Post by Glenn Fleisig, Ph.D. on Oct 25, 2006 15:20:47 GMT -6
I agree with Yunchien.
To start, you can do a literature of baseball pitching biomechanics research. Obviously my name and ASMI co-authors will pop up a lot. Some professor names will pop up too, and you can check them out online. Some of the names that will pop up are: Rafael Escamilla PhD Michael Feltner PhD Monique Butcher Mokha PhD James Richards PhD Michelle Sabick PhD David Stodden PhD Sherry Werner PhD Nigel Zheng PhD
Furthermore if you become a grad student in biomedical engineering at UAB, I may be able to be your research advisor. If you become a grad student at any other university, there is also a good chance I can be your advisor. In fact, nearly every year some student(s) from all over the U.S. (and other countries) come to Birmingham to collect thesis data at ASMI under my supervision. It's too early for you to worry about this process, but you can still check it out as the "Student Researcher Program" on the www.asmi.org website.
I am currently a grad student at the University of Delaware and we actually have an AT masters/doctorate student working on softball pitching. She is working alongside Dr. James Richards who is a well-known programming biomechanist to create a tracking program that most accurately describes shoulder motion (especially tackling the circumduction problem). There are also other students taking on the daunting task of examining scapular motion in different aspects of tracking (mostly using ultrasound).
So UD has the equipment and capacity to look at pitching motions and I'm sure your background from Pitt would be a welcomed addition to Dr. Richards' research team.