Research teams from across campus will share $800,000 in awards to explore projects ranging from elderly mobility and athlete hydration to wearable sensors and concussion diagnosis.
The University of Michigan Exercise and Sport Science Initiative awarded funding to six teams as part of its second round of pilot grants.
Launched in 2016, ESSI draws on expertise from a wide range of faculty across campus, Michigan Athletics and industry partners to optimize physical performance and health for people of all ages and abilities.
“The world of exercise and sport is transforming because of new advancements in science and technology,” said Ron Zernicke, professor of kinesiology, orthopaedic surgery and biomedical engineering. “We have to adapt by integrating the perspectives of multiple disciplines, which will ultimately lead to improvements in health, wellbeing and performance.”
Zernicke co-directs ESSI with Ellen Arruda, the Maria Comninou Collegiate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and professor of mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, and macromolecular science and engineering.
Proposals were submitted by researchers at all three U-M campuses, and included nine schools, colleges and units on the Ann Arbor campus, ranging from kinesiology and engineering to pharmacy and design.
All projects reflect the five grand research challenges identified by ESSI: improved physical activity across the lifespan; wise wearable sensor technology; injury prevention, diagnosis and management; individualized augmented reality and virtual reality; and sport and learning analytics.
Agresta and Gonzalez and their team will explore sensor technology and complex analytics to assess, monitor and predict injury in elite baseball pitchers.
Team: Cristine Agresta (School of Kinesiology and Institute for Social Research), Stephen Cain (College of Engineering), Rich Gonzalez (LSA, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, ISR and CoE) and Michael Freehill (Medical School)
Goal: Researchers aim to develop a practical day-to-day monitoring protocol and measurement system that can be used to quantify dynamic pitching capacity and injury.