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A male and two females standing for an award ceremony.UW Ph.D. Student Receives Grant to Study Mechanisms of ACL Injuries in Sports

A University of Wyoming doctoral student recently received a Student Research Grant at the 40th Conference of the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports (ISBS) in Liverpool, England.

Yu Song, a biomedical sciences Ph.D. candidate from China, will use the grant to study the mechanisms of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries, one of the most common severe knee injuries in sports. Contact sports have shown more than three times higher injury risk than limited-contact sports and noncontact sports. Approximately 8 percent to 60 percent of ACL injuries have been associated with external contact with the trunk and arms near the time of injuries.

Song’s dissertation project aims to understand the effect of mid-flight external trunk perturbation on jump-landing and cutting biomechanics associated with ACL injury risks.

“The findings may help us understand the abnormal trunk motion and perturbation observed during ACL injuries and inform the improvement of future ACL injury screening tasks and ACL injury prevention strategies,” says Boyi Dai, an associate professor in the UW Division of Kinesiology and Health and Song’s mentor on the grant.

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