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Averett Students Collaborate with Duke University


January 4, 2012



Last fall, 10 students in the athletic training department began working on a collaborative research project with Dr. Rob Butler, director of the biomechanics lab at Duke University. The students have helped collect data and participated in other facets of the research.

"We have had quite a bit of research conducted on the FMS, and the biomechanist at Duke has been using the FMS," said Dr. Lee Burton, director of the athletic training program and co-creator of the FMS. The FMS is a ranking and grading system that studies movement patterns that are key to normal function. By documenting these patterns, the FMS can identify areas of weakness that need additional strengthening.

"(Butler) spoke to me about collecting data," Burton said. "We are interested in determining if we can improve the Functional Movement Screen results by giving corrective exercise."

As part of their research, the students are performing the FMS and a Y-Balance test on two different groups - the Averett soccer and football teams. They have given corrective exercise to one group and then will be going back and retesting both groups to see if the intervention group improved their original scores. The project will last anywhere from six to twelve months. Duke is working with Averett on the study design, running the statistics and using some of their own data to compare.

"We will also track injuries and gather some performance data to see if there is a relationship," Burton said. "We will have the opportunity to perform quite a few studies with the data we collect."