Current Research

 Can Simple Manual Measurements Accurately Gauge Flatfootedness?

Researcher: Joseph Earney: [email protected]

I am conducting this research study to examine the effectiveness of McPoil’s anthropometric foot measurement method in measuring accurately total plantar surface contact area (PSCA) – the area of your foot that comes into contact with the ground while standing. McPoil’s measurement method for quantifying PSCA is a simple, quick, and inexpensive technique based in anatomical mathematical relationships. However, the accuracy of this method is disputed in the research community. Because high amounts PSCA have been show to significantly increase the risk of developing leg/feet problems in the future it is important for clinicians to have an inexpensive yet still accurate means to measure PSCA; McPoil’s method may fit this criteria. This study will allow for you to see how “flat footed” your feet are, and, as consequence, asses your likelihood of developing leg/foot problems later on in life. I highly recommend this opportunity to anyone who is interested in learning about their “foot type.” Essentially – where are your feet’s areas of high and low pressures?

I invite you to participate. All that is required is standing on a pressure capacitance plate and Bannock device (what you see in shoe stores to measure your size) for a 15 minute period. Please contact Joseph Earney for a copy of the Informed Consent form, or view the Doodle Page later to be sent out via email for more information about participating in this study.


What are the effects of warm-ups involving static stretching, dynamic stretching, and foam rolling on performance?

Researcher: Laura Bailly: [email protected]

I am conducting a research study to examine the effectiveness of foam rolling as a warm-up tool compared to the effectiveness of dynamic stretching and static stretching. A proper warm-up is essential before any exercise, and stretching is an important part of any warm-up routine. Completion of a warm-up before exercise is important to decrease risk of injury and to facilitate optimal performance.

Participating in this study will require you to attend three separate testing sessions. During the testing session, you will warm-up using one of three treatments: dynamic stretching, static stretching, or foam rolling. After the warm-up you will complete four performance tests which will examine static balance, dynamic balance, vertical jump, and agility. Each session should take about 30 minutes.Please contact Laura Bailly for a copy of the Informed Consent form and more information about participating in this study.


Effects of a virtual training partner on fatigue during a cycling time trial in recreationally active college-age female students.
Researcher: Janae Myers: [email protected]
The purpose of this study is to examine the effects of a virtual training partner on fatigue during exercise using the new interactive bicycles in the CSB fitness center. Interactive exercise is becoming more popular nationwide and many individuals are using it as a way to make exercise more enjoyable. The use of a virtual training partner on screen also motivates some exercisers to increase their performance by distracting them from the physical aspect of the exercise. Therefore, it is important to gain more information on how the use of interactive exercise may aid in the reduction of fatigue and increase in performance.
Participation in this study will include two testing sessions that each take between 30-45 minutes. Each session will include a one-mile bicycle ride as a warm-up and a four-mile bicycle ride as fast as possible for the test. The second session will include the use of an interactive ghost figure on screen. Please contact Janae Myers for a copy of the Informed Consent form and more information about participating in the study.

The Effect of Yoga on the Activation and Inhibition of Muscles Involved with ACL Injury Risk in Recreationally Trained Men and Women

Researcher: Isabel Sim-Campos: [email protected]

I am conducting this study in order to examine the effect of using a yoga session to prevent ACL injuries by teaching people how to correctly activate and inhibit correct leg muscles through the use of yoga. By using an Electromyography (EMG), muscle activity of the quadriceps and hamstrings will be tested through a series of tests. ACL injuries are among the most common lower-limb injuries today and are often caused by the unequal distribution of strength between the hamstrings and quadriceps muscles. It is important to examine ways in which individuals can increase their prevention of ACL-injury. Yoga may be a cost-effective and easy way to dramatically reduce an individual’s risk for an ACL-injury.  

Participating in this research study will require you to: perform a hip lift while having an Electromyogram (EMG) attached to your dominant leg, participate in a one-hour free-of-charge yoga class, and perform a follow up EMG test session. Both CSB and SJU students are invited to participate in this study. The testing should take about 1.5-2 hours.  Please contact Isabel Sim-Campos for a copy of the Informed Consent form and more information about participating in this study.