The research team in the Neuromechanics Lab at the University of Nevada, Reno including Madison Taylor; Philip Pavilionis, M.S.; and Director Nicholas Murray, Ph.D. were recently interviewed by Tekscan in regards to their research set to be featured at the 2020 American College of Sports Medicine Conference prior to cancelation from COVID-19.
Teskcan is a technology company specializing in thin-film tactile force sensors and pressure measurement systems. Teskcan's Strideway System was utilized in the research team’s study, “ Sport-related Concussion Adopt a More Conservative Approach to Straight Path Walking and Turning during Tandem Gait.”
The study focuses on gaining quantifiable data with the Strideway system alongside the Tandem Gait Exam to test the dynamic motor control following a sports-related concussion to be compared to normative data. The study was conducted with a combination of a vestibular ocular motor screen and the Tandem Gait Exam to better measure the effects of concussions.
In the video interview with Alyssa Rubina, Product Manager for Tekscan’s Medical Division, the research team broke down the results of their research including support for existing literature and new findings. The study supported that subjects with concussions showed reduced velocity in a forward progression, larger step widths in turns, and an overall longer testing time. Moving forward, the Neuromechanics Lab hopes to study how visual inputs can affect the Tandem Gait Exam when comparing concussions and normative data.