April 2016

ASB holds first National Biomechanics Day

The American Society of Biomechanics (ASB) on April 7 had its first National Biomechanics Day,  a nationwide, synchronized event held at labs and other biomechanics facilities around the nation to educate high school students and their teachers about the field.

Paul DeVita, PhD, current ASB president and professor of kinesiology at Eastern Carolina University (ECU) in Greenville, NC, established the event to raise awareness of biomechanics, which is almost always first introduced at the university level. The long-term goal of the annual event, he said, is to make biomechanics a part of high school curricula.

ECU faculty and students were among 160 university and commercial biomechanists in 30 states to participate, and its event hosted 50 local high school students at the bio­mechanics lab in the Department of Kinesiology and the human movement analysis lab in the Department of Physical Therapy.

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