The Movement & Applied Imaging Lab hosted students in the Upward Bound Program at Boston University. Students took part in live demonstrations of strength testing, electromyography (EMG), and motion capture.
Development of the Fitness Improvement and Tracking Tool (FITT) app has been approved for funding by the Digital Health Initiative (DHI). The project aims to develop an mHealth intervention to increase physical activity (PA) levels in people with knee osteoarthritis (OA) that is responsive to the severity and prevalence of poor sleep, fatigue, and depressed mood; prioritizes patient preferences; is scalable; and is rooted in evidence-based approaches for long-term behavior change. The Fitness Improvement and Tracking Tool (FITT) is designed with input from people with knee OA, monitors PA, provides feedback on levels of PA to users, and gathers patient-reported outcomes. The goal is to enhance FITT to incorporate a social cognitive theory (SCT) based intervention framework to increase and sustain PA in people with knee OA who have poor sleep, fatigue, and depressive symptoms. The intervention algorithm will allow messaging to be personalized to an individual’s goals and outcome expectancies; barriers to participation; and prevalence and severity of poor sleep, fatigue, and/or depressive symptoms.
Undergraduate students Victoria Brus (Junior) and Jiten Patel (Senior) were awarded funding from the University Research Opportunities Program (UROP). Vicki and Jiten will work full time at the MAI Lab during the Summer of 2017. During their time in the lab they will work closely with faculty-mentor Dr. Deepak Kumar to learn biomechanics research techniques, and help with preparation for future studies.
Special thanks to our undergraduate researchers for all of their help in the Spring 17′ semester. Have a great summer!
Students from a freshman physics class at Match Charter School joined the MAI lab for the 2nd Annual National Biomechanics Day, April 6 2017.