Dr. Brad Bowser is the founder and director of the Biomechanics & Human Movement Science Laboratory at South Dakota State University. The primary focus of the research conducted in this laboratory is to analyze the mechanics of human movements such as walking, running, jumping and other functional movements such as the sit-to-stand and ascending/descending stairs. High-speed motion capture, ground reaction forces, electromyography and computer animation are some of the tools used in the SDSU Biomechanics & Human Movement Science Laboratory to analyze human movement.
From developing a research project to collecting, processing and analyzing data to writing publications, graduate research assistants that work in the Biomechanics & Human Movement Science Laboratory gain valuable experience in all aspects of the research process.
Projects students are currently involved in and thesis/dissertation topics currently being researched:
- Examining the impact of anticipated and unanticipated perturbations on trunk stability for persons diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
- Comparing running and jumping mechanics between obese and non-obese children.
- Determining the influence of foot position during lateral band walks on muscle activation of the hip abductors.
- Examining differences in gait mechanics when using different assistive devices for walking.
Do you want to join our team? Apply through the link on the Graduate School and indicate your interest in working with us. Funded graduate students work between 10-20 hours and receive a monthly stipend in addition to tuition remission.
If you’re an undergraduate student interested in gaining research experience, please contact Bradley Bowser for potential volunteer opportunities.
Research student Claire Sylvestre is working alongside Dr. Brad Bowser in the Biomechanics Laboratory. They are currently working on a KB balance study, multiple sclerosis study and a movement mechanics of overweight and obese children study.
Research student Silvia Zanini is working alongside Dr. Brad Bowser in the Biomechanics Laboratory. They are currently working on a KB balance study, multiple sclerosis study and a movement mechanics of overweight and obese children study.