(April 10, 2017) – On April 6, health magnet juniors and seniors from the Effingham County Career Academy traveled to Savannah to get a glimpse of sports medicine in action at the Biodynamics and Human Performance Center at Armstrong State University for National Biomechanics Day. Armstrong was the only institution in Georgia to arrange a participating event, which provided almost 60 students with tangible biomechanics knowledge.
The young health students were shown various biomechanical applications in the Biodynamics and Human Performance Center by Armstrong faculty members and graduate students, such as motion analysis, flight time measurements, isokinetic muscle testing, metabolic rates, balance and more. Graduate students used high school volunteers to demonstrate and provide hands-on experience with the different machines and programs, explaining the practical uses behind every test.
“Most kids don’t get exposed to biomechanics until they’re in college,” said Bryan Riemann, Ph.D., professor of Sports Medicine at Armstrong and director of the Biodynamics and Human Performance Center. “However, the principles of biomechanics can be useful in a wide variety of applications, from shoe design to how to shape an office chair. The idea behind National Biomechanics Day is to expose this discipline to students at an earlier age in order to promote interest.”
Additionally, the Armstrong School of Nursing walked the high school students through a medical demonstration using the program’s various high-tech clinical mannequins. Students were able to see the potential benefits and possibilities of practicing medicine on these lifelike figures, similar to the tests run in the biodynamics lab.
“It was tremendously satisfying to see students understand more fully the technology and science behind human movement, exercise and rehabilitation,” said Robert LeFavi, Ph.D., department head of Health Sciences at Armstrong. “Many of them left with a better idea of the possible careers in biomechanics-related fields.”