Zelik Lab for Biomechanics & Assistive Technology

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CREATE is recruiting new PhD students to join the team Fall 2020

The CREATE faculty are excited to review graduate student applications for Fall 2020, and expect to have multiple PhD student openings. Prof. Zelik is looking for students interested to perform research related to movement biomechanics, human augmentation exosuits for lifting or mobility assistance, wearable sensing technologies to prevent musculoskeletal injuries and/or lower-limb prosthetics. Vanderbilt University has a...... KEEP READING

Posted on Tuesday, November 19th, 2019 in News | Comments Off on CREATE is recruiting new PhD students to join the team Fall 2020


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CREATE fun, travel and festivities

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Posted on Tuesday, November 19th, 2019 in News | Comments Off on CREATE fun, travel and festivities


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Congrats to Erik and Maura on their new publication on adaptive ankle prostheses

Subject-specific responses to an adaptive ankle prosthesis during incline walking https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0021929019304798 Abstract Individuals with lower-limb amputation often have difficulty walking on slopes, in part due to limitations of conventional prosthetic feet. Conventional prostheses have fixed ankle set-point angles and cannot fully replicate able-bodied ankle dynamics. Microprocessor-controlled ankles have been developed to help overcome these limitations....... KEEP READING

Posted on Friday, October 11th, 2019 in News | Comments Off on Congrats to Erik and Maura on their new publication on adaptive ankle prostheses


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Zelik Lab attends ISB/ASB & FBS conferences in Canada

We had a great time participating in the International Society of Biomechanics / American Society of Biomechanics conference in Calgary, Canada; and also sent a smaller contingent to the Footwear Biomechanics Symposium in Kananaskis, Canada beforehand. Conference abstracts (and a video recording of Prof. Zelik’s presentation) can be found HERE. Special congratulations to Emily Matijevich...... KEEP READING

Posted on Friday, September 6th, 2019 in News | Comments Off on Zelik Lab attends ISB/ASB & FBS conferences in Canada


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Mechanical misconceptions: Have we lost the “mechanics” in “sports biomechanics”?

Enjoyed contributing to this publication: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0021929019304452 Particularly given the unexpected, Twitter-aided origins of Prof. Zelik’s involvement, which are summarized in the tweets linked below: Our Mechanical Misconceptions perspective just published in @JBiomech. In this paper, we discuss, in an accessible way, some common misapplications in sports biomechanics. This paper started a preprint and had a nice journey...... KEEP READING

Posted on Tuesday, August 27th, 2019 in News | Comments Off on Mechanical misconceptions: Have we lost the “mechanics” in “sports biomechanics”?


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Post-Doc Opening: Biomechanics & Wearable Technology

We are currently accepting applications for a post-doctoral researcher. The post-doc will contribute to multidisciplinary research projects at the intersection of human movement biomechanics, wearable sensing, signal analysis, musculoskeletal modeling, injury prevention, smart clothing, exosuits and other wearable technologies. Full details on position & how to apply are available HERE (or full ink written out below). Please...... KEEP READING

Posted on Wednesday, June 26th, 2019 in News | Comments Off on Post-Doc Opening: Biomechanics & Wearable Technology


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Our new foray into broader science communication: Podcasts (three in the past month!)

1) Emily Matijevich & Karl Zelik were guests on the Running Medicine podcast, discussing their PLOS ONE publication on running biomechanics, injury prevention and wearables, and well as common myths and misconceptions related to ground reaction forces, impacts and loading rates. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/do-ground-reaction-forces-reflect-bone-loads/id1097141405?i=1000442715015   2) Maura Eveld was interviewed as a guest on As It Happens – NPR/Candian...... KEEP READING

Posted on Wednesday, June 26th, 2019 in News | Comments Off on Our new foray into broader science communication: Podcasts (three in the past month!)


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Welcome to Anna (our new Research Engineer & Coordinator) & Summer Interns

Anna Wolfe recently completed her Bachelor of Engineering at Vanderbilt University. She brings a passion for advancing prosthetic and orthotic technologies, and we are excited for her to join CREATE as our new Research Engineer & Coordinator. We also have a diverse and talented group of student interns for the summer, most of whom are continuing research...... KEEP READING

Posted on Monday, June 24th, 2019 in News | Comments Off on Welcome to Anna (our new Research Engineer & Coordinator) & Summer Interns


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Tripping people for science! Congrats to Shane & Maura on their new publication!

This study published in the Journal of NeuroEngineering & Rehabilitation details a new stumble perturbation system that can trip people at precise moments in stride cycle, enabling us to learn more about human reflexes & how people recover their balance, so we can build similar reflexes into robotic prostheses to reduce falls & injuries in this...... KEEP READING

Posted on Wednesday, June 12th, 2019 in News | Comments Off on Tripping people for science! Congrats to Shane & Maura on their new publication!


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Congrats to Dr. Matthew Yandell on defending his PhD!

Matt’s portfolio of research spans from gait biomechanics to ankle exoskeletons and exosuits, with a unique emphasis on physical interface dynamics between the device & user. He has been an outstanding role model, team player and innovator in the lab, and we are lucky he brought his curiosity and talents here to Vanderbilt! Next he’s off to change...... KEEP READING

Posted on Monday, June 10th, 2019 in News | Comments Off on Congrats to Dr. Matthew Yandell on defending his PhD!


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Congrats to Kirsty McDonald & team on new publication in Journal of Biomechanics

Unholey shoes: Experimental considerations when estimating ankle joint complex power during walking and running For studies that aim to assess biological ankle function, calculating ankle joint complex (AJC) power between the calcaneus and shank is recommended over conventional inverse dynamics estimates between a rigid-body foot and shank. However, when designing a new experiment, it remains...... KEEP READING

Posted on Saturday, May 25th, 2019 in News | Comments Off on Congrats to Kirsty McDonald & team on new publication in Journal of Biomechanics


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Prof. Zelik publishes Op Ed on real-life supersuits for National Superhero Day (April 28)

https://theconversation.com/its-2019-wheres-my-supersuit-115679 The piece has been picked up by >30 media outlets such as HuffPost, Phys.org, Curiosity.com, Orbiter Magazine & Inverse.com.... KEEP READING

Posted on Friday, April 26th, 2019 in News | Comments Off on Prof. Zelik publishes Op Ed on real-life supersuits for National Superhero Day (April 28)


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Popular press article discusses our vision for using wearables to help keep runners injury free

In anticipation of the Boston Marathon, inverse.com releases an article on our wearable sensor research to monitor and prevent running-related injuries: https://www.inverse.com/article/54835-wearables-marathon-running-training This vision builds upon Emily’s recent paper that highlighted that ground reaction force metrics (like impact peaks and loading rates) cannot be assumed to reflect injury risk or correlate with loading on muscles,...... KEEP READING

Posted on Tuesday, April 16th, 2019 in News | Comments Off on Popular press article discusses our vision for using wearables to help keep runners injury free


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Congrats to Maura & Jantzen on receiving NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

Maura Eveld (Zelik Lab) and Jantzen Lee (Goldfarb Lab) are both members of CREATE, and amongst this year’s recipients of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.... KEEP READING

Posted on Tuesday, April 16th, 2019 in News | Comments Off on Congrats to Maura & Jantzen on receiving NSF Graduate Research Fellowships


National Biomechanics Day draws nearly 400 visitors!

National Biomechanics Day, our biggest outreach event of the year got even larger this year, drawing nearly 400 visitors to CREATE over 3 days, including about 250 middle and high school students. Read more here: National Biomechanics Day draws 370+ visitors to assistive tech labs   We also participated in the ISBS Twitter competition, and...... KEEP READING

Posted on Friday, April 12th, 2019 in News | Comments Off on National Biomechanics Day draws nearly 400 visitors!