The proposed research will allow us to determine how the human central nervous system (i.e. brain and spinal cord) functions to produce different patterns of muscle contractions during cyclical arm movements. We will use a variety of stimulation technics to determine how active the brain and spinal cord are during the arm movements. We do not currently have a detailed understanding of how the brain and spinal work together during human movement execution.
The overall research project undertaken by the University of Calgary graduate students will examine the effects of exercise on young adults 18-35 years of age with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Areas of investigation include cerebral blood flow changes, as well as sleep behavioral improvements. By doing research such as this, we will justify the use of exercise as a non-invasive means of treating and managing ASD, and additionally, establish exercise protocol templates that can be replicated in other universities and fitness facilities across the country.
In order to develop good physical skills, people need feedback on the performance of those skills. Analysis based on accurate observation is a key tool for improving future performance. Performance analysis is about creating a valid and reliable record of performance by means of systematic observations that can be analyzed with a view to facilitating change. Use of video recording is one of the most effective ways to observe and analyze performance.
The Centre for Sleep and Human Performance has been funded by Own the Podium to develop tools. strategies. and Interventions that will accurately evaluate the sleep quality of athletes. This partnership provides the Centre with a unique opportunity to have unrestricted access to a population of elite athletes who train and compete above the Intercollegiate level and whose motives for training and performance are not confounded by the external stressors professional athletes are exposed to.
Knight Inlet Lodge is an eco-tourism resort specializing in grizzly bear viewing, and caters to both national and international clients. The business requires research to improve their interpretive program by informing guide naturalists on the function of observed bear behaviour. Research is required to: 1) assess the relatedness and movements patterns of regularly observed bears, 2) assess the use of bear scent marking trees in the surrounding estuary, 3) assess how local food availability (salmon) affects the social behaviour of bears.
The proposed research project aims to understand and quantify the biomechanical factors of running on an underwater treadmill, as compared to running on a land treadmill. By understanding the vertical ground reactive forces and order of muscle recruitment at various speeds, resistance and levels of buoyancy, practitioners in the field of sports medicine can effectively use the technology to enhance the management of athletic injuries. Fortius Institute, Inc.
Female breasts experience large displacements during physical activities such as running and jumping. This can lead to problems such as breast discomfort, and even chronic neck and back pain. However, correctly designed sports bras can alleviate some of these symptoms, and enable women to exercise with greater comfort. lululemon Athletica strives to develop a sports bra with optimal support and comfort.
Managing the risks from snow avalanches during winter mountain travel is vital for the Canadian avalanche industry. An average of 14 avalanche-related fatalities per year occurred between 1997 and 2014 with the majority of those
triggering the avalanches themselves. We propose a detailed examination of avalanche risk management practices using the conceptual model for avalanche hazard and the Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing 5-Step Checklist System.
Chronic shoulder injuries are common in athletes competing in overhead sports such as waterpolo, swimming and synchronized swimming. These injuries are costly both financially and in terms of performance to the athletes and sport organizations. The purpose of this project is to create new sport-specific clinical and functional assessment protocols and to improve training strategies for shoulder injury prevention and elite sport performance.
This research project will investigate the attitudes and beliefs towards learning and different kinds of training programs at a company called White Water West, with the intention of then addressing any identified problem through the design, development, and implementation of learning programs and materials. This proposal is for a single internship unit of four months, focused on analyzing the situation for a potential problem, and the design of a recommended solution.