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Research

Overview

Development of biomechanical tools

Typically, my expertise in relies on development of biomechanical tools for evidence based practice including:

  • Instruments that could be fixed (e.g., 3D motion analysis systems with active or passive makers or markerless, force-plates) and / or wearable (e.g., portable motion systems, instrumented prosthetic leg),
  • Software that could be commercial or customized (e.g., Matlab, LabView or SigmaPlot or Excel),
  • Outcomes including key performance and clinical indicators as well as wide range of publications for general public (e.g., media, social networks), specific groups of interest (e.g., presentations to group of interest, seminar, technical reports) and scientific community (e.g., articles, abstract).

Clinical biomechanics

This research skills aim at developing biomechanical tools and improving basic understanding of the locomotion of individuals with lower limb amputation fitted with a socket or an osseointegrated fixation during key stages of the rehabilitation and activities of daily living.

In particular, my work on the load applied on the residuum of individuals with transfemoral amputation has provided innovative tools for an evidence-based:

  • Rehabilitation,
  • Fitting of the prosthesis,
  • Design of conventional prosthetic components, and
  • Design of components for direct skeletal anchorage (e.g., implants, abutments, shock absorbers)

Sport performance

This skill aim at developing biomechanical tools and improving basic knowledge of the performance of athletes with a disability (i.e., stationary throwers) in motion analysis laboratory as well as during training sessions and competitions (e.g., National Championships, World Championships, Paralympic Games).

This research has a direct impact on the training of Australian elite athletes and more particularly on the strength and fitness programs, the throwing technique and the design of the throwing frames.

This work also contributes to improving the fairness of the throwing events by providing the classifiers, who assigned each athlete to a class, with the true functional abilities of a given competitor and by participating to video refereeing during world class events.


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