The Biomechanics program at Ball State University provides students with the skills necessary to continue on to a doctoral program or to obtain jobs in clinical, academic and industry settings. The laboratory consists of two separate, yet functionally different rooms allowing students to explore a wide range of human movement/performance. Upon entering the program students are immersed in ongoing research projects looking at various aspects of human movement as well as in clinical assessments of individuals with movement disorders or disabilities. We work closely with the students and ensure that they become competent in assessing multiple aspects of movement.
The laboratory is fully equipped with the necessary biomechanical tools to allow students to conduct research to further our understanding of mechanical and neuromuscular aspects of human movement that include the measurement of forces during normal walking or running (force plates or split-belt force instrumented treadmill), 3D motion analysis (30 high speed cameras), computer simulation and modeling of movements, electromyography (multiple systems including hard-wired, telemetry and indwelling), neuromuscular posture and balance, in addition to whole body vibration, and muscular reflex responsiveness.
The Biomechanics Laboratory has received funding for numerous research projects focused on understanding the development and control of muscular strength across a wide range of ages and human performance abilities. We have been fortunate over the years to have had excellent graduate students that have gone on to work in a variety of fields in university, clinical and industry settings. Clinical biomechanics research has centered on gait and posture analysis in numerous populations (i.e. Cerebral Palsy, Parkinson's disease, Stroke, Alzheimer's disease, older adults), bone and muscular changes in the elderly, tendonitis rehabilitation, assessment of orthopedic knee replacements, and muscular mechanics of injury. Sports biomechanics research has focused on strength and conditioning aspects of performance that include tennis mechanics, volleyball and baseball performance, golf and cycling. In addition to research projects' assessing neuromuscular aspects of human movement, the laboratory has also been involved in the development and validation of equipment and technologies for companies.
The biomechanics faculty have developed collaborations within the school, across the university and with hospitals and rehabilitative care facilities in the region. Through these collaborations students are afforded the opportunity to work in a hands-on interdisciplinary learning environment.
There are no accrediting bodies associated with biomechanics.