July 2017

ACSM gives first young scientist award

Bloomington, IN-based American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) at its May 30-June 3 annual meeting in Denver, CO, awarded Allison Gruber, PhD, assistant professor in Indiana University Bloomington’s School of Public Health, its Young Scientist Award.

Gruber is the inaugural winner of the award from the ACSM’s Biomechanics Interest Group, which will be presented annually to one person who shows great promise with early significant theoretical or empirical contributions to research in biomechanics.

Gruber’s research focuses on mechanisms and prevention of running injuries, combining biomechanical data with experimental oxygen consumption and substrate utilization data, both experimentally and through musculoskeletal and muscle energetics models, to examine the interaction of gait energetics on injury mechanisms.

“Investigating coordinated movements and nontime domain variables may be the key to understanding the causes of chronic running injuries and how these injuries can be prevented,” she said.

The Young Scientist Award is sponsored by Watertown, MA-based Advanced Mechanical Technology.

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- Emily Delzell

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