AUBURN UNIVERSITY – A motor behavior lab conducting research on physical activity in children; a more efficient and up-to-date facility for the TigerFit program, which provides health screening and fitness assessments for members of the community; and a training center for USA Team Handball are just some of the distinctive features of the new 58,000-square-foot kinesiology research facility officially opened by Auburn University today.
Located at 301 Wire Road, the College of Education’s School of Kinesiology building houses laboratories where a broad range of research is conducted relating to human movement, health and performance.
AUBURN – Auburn University’s TigerFit program will continue offering health and fitness screenings this fall for Auburn University faculty, staff, students and alumni and also for local residents.
The program is housed in the Auburn University Department of Kinesiology in Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum. The assessments will take place Tuesday mornings, Oct. 18, Oct. 25 (with limited availability), Nov. 1, Nov. 8 and Nov. 15. Appointment times are 7:30 a.m., 8 a.m. or 8:30 a.m.
AUBURN – Auburn University broke ground Friday, Sept. 23, on a facility that will offer nearly 58,000 square feet of research and office space for the College of Education’s Department of Kinesiology.
Located on Wire Road adjacent to the university tennis courts, the new Department of Kinesiology building will house laboratories conducting a broad range of research relating to human movement, health and performance. The new building, designed by Infinity Architecture of Montgomery, is scheduled to open by March 2013.
Mary Rudisill, head of the Department of Kinesiology, and the Wayne T. Smith distinguished professor of motor behavior, said the new building is designed to meet the varied interests and needs of faculty and students in exercise science, physical activity and physical education and health teacher education.
Auburn University biomechanics doctoral student Justin Shroyer places reflective markers on the foot of Ph.D. student Joanna Booker. Shroyer led an AU research team in a study of the effects of flip-flops versus those of athletics shoes.
– Auburn University researchers have found that wearing thong-style flip-flops can result in sore feet, ankles and legs. The research team, led by biomechanics doctoral student Justin Shroyer, presented its findings at the recent annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine in Indianapolis.
“We found that when people walk in flip-flops, they alter their gait, which can result in problems and pain from the foot up into the hips and lower back,” Shroyer said. “Variations like this at the foot can result in changes up the kinetic chain, which in this case can extend upward in the wearer’s body.”
The researchers, in the AU College of Education’s Department of Kinesiology, recruited 39 college-age men and women for the study. Participants, wearing thong-style flip-flops and then traditional athletic shoes, walked a platform that measured vertical force as the walkers’ feet hit the ground. In addition, a video camcorder measured stride length and limb angles.
Shroyer’s team, under the direction of Dr. Wendi Weimar, associate professor of biomechanics and director of the department’s Biomechanics Laboratory, found that flip-flop wearers took shorter steps and that their heels hit the ground with less vertical force than when the same walkers wore athletic shoes. When wearing flip-flops, the study participants did not bring their toes up as much during the leg’s swing phase, resulting in a larger ankle angle and shorter stride length, possibly because they tended to grip the flip-flops with their toes.