Originally published in Oregon Research
Athletes and other sports enthusiasts looking for a chance to improve their performance had the opportunity to explore the facilities of the Bowerman Sports Science Clinic (BSSC) as part of their fall open house on Thursday, Oct. 24. The BSSC is a research core facility under the auspices of Research Innovation and Graduate Education at the University of Oregon that aims to improve the health, fitness, and well-being of athletes in and around Eugene, Oregon. They offer a variety of outreach services to help individuals achieve their personal performance goals, including physical assessments of their current fitness levels, evaluation of potential sports-injury risks, and sport-specific training advice.
The open house showcased the center's new biomechanics laboratory, which features state-of-the-art AMTI forceplates and a camera analysis system that allows the laboratory to analyze athletes’ gaits. The BSSC was open for walk-through tours and live demonstrations of the biomechanical analysis equipment.
The Bowerman clinic is part of a network of international research centers connected through the University of Calgary, which gives the clinic access to a massive database of valuable information. It is the only member of the network in the Northwest.
In April, the BSSC collaborated with Cooperative Performance & Rehabilitation, a Eugene physical therapy center, to provide runners with demonstrations of their biomechanical analysis techniques at the Eugene Marathon Health & Fitness Expo.
“Our state-of-the-art facilities allow us to measure the motion of your limbs, the forces you produce in your joints, and pressure mapping of your feet while you run,” said Michael Hahn, director of the Bowerman Sports Science Clinic. “Using this information, in combination with muscle strength and range of motion measurements, we can provide a complete analysis of your running technique.”
The analysis conducted by the Bowerman clinic allowed for three dimensional modeling of the entire lower body, which can be key to pinpointing the cause of injuries, diagnosing problems with technique, and identifying areas for performance enhancement. Additionally, the Bowerman clinic is part of a network of international research centers connected through the University of Calgary, which gives the clinic access to a massive database of valuable information. The Bowerman clinic is the only member of the network in the Northwest.