MEEG 612: Biomechanics of Human Movement
Survey the literature on a specific topic in the field of biomechanics of human movement. Describe the current state-of-the-art and suggest areas that require further research. Then briefly describe how you might try to investigate the problem yourself.
Some possible areas from which a specific topic might be chosen include:
Muscle models, joint models, sports biomechanics (e.g., analysis of a joint during a sport), analysis of a sports injury, human movement measurement techniques, gait analysis, electromyography, neural control of movement, functional electrical stimulation, muscle fatigue, movement disorders (e.g. Parkinsons disease), methods of estimating muscle force, methods of estimating joint moments, focal dystonia in musicians, constitutive properties of muscle or tendon, tendon transfer surgeries, lower back pain, and strength training (e.g., open vs. closed kinetic chain exercises).
Note: nearly all of these areas are too broad. A specific topic from within these fields must be chosen.
The manuscript should be technically well written and organized. It should be well referenced using primary journal articles (i.e., not text books). The following sources may be useful:
ASME Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
Gait & Posture
Journal of Applied Biomechanics
Journal of Biomechanics
Journal of Clinical Biomechanics
Journal of Electromyography & Kinesiology
Journal of Motor Behavior
Medicine & Science in Sports and Exercise
Muscle & Nerve
Other journals which may be of secondary assistance:
Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research
Experimental Brain Research
IEEE Trans. on Rehabilitation Engineering
IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering
Journal of Applied Physiology
Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery
Journal of Neurophysiology
Journal of Orthopaedic Research
The paper should be written in the following form, where sections A-C are a maximum of 12 double-spaced pages:
ABSTRACT (max 150 words)
A. INTRODUCTION & BACKGROUND (~1-2 pages)
Briefly describe what you will be presenting and why it is important. Relate concisely the anatomical, biological and clinical framework of your topic.
B. PREVIOUS INVESTIGATIONS (~7 pages)
Present a literature review of previous research on this topic. Do not simply list in expanded form a number of references, but try to digest what has been done. This section should be in a form such that the current "state-of-the-art" is easily appreciated.
C. PROPOSED RESEARCH (~3-4 pages)
State what you think are the shortcomings in our current knowledge. Suggest areas that require further research.
From these topics, state concisely and specifically a particular research problem that you propose to address. In broad terms, describe how this might be done experimentally. Point out the difficulties that you may expect to encounter in this research.
State what you believe will be the significance of your proposed research.
References and reference citations should conform to the style of the Journal of Biomechanics. At least ten references are expected.