Faculty Primary Campus: 
Corvallis Campus
College of Health
Kinesiology
# of Students: 
Multiple positions available
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Position Description: 
This is a volunteer position, preferably for the next two terms, with a minimum commitment of 3 hours/week.
Project Description: 
Here is also a synopsis of my proposal topic. Synopsis: Altered static foot morphologies such as pes planus and pes cavus have been associated with increased lower extremity injury risk. One widely-accepted explanation for this is the notion that static foot morphology will cause deviations in the proximal joints of the kinetic chain and that those deviations facilitate the use of high-risk biomechanics during dynamic activities in which injuries occur. For example, it has been reported that individuals with pes planus have increased static internal tibial rotation that could cause greater knee valgus during movement and that this can lead to knee pain. However, several recent meta-analyses have not identified consistent relationships between static foot morphology and lower extremity injury-related biomechanics that would be expected given the epidemiological evidence. These inconsistencies could be attributed to 1) the static classification tests employed, and/or 2) the potential that the behavior of the foot during dynamic activities is not closely related to static foot morphology. The first potential reason is the relationship between static classification tests. While Arch Height Index (AHI) is commonly used to classify individuals’ static foot morphology, several other static classification tests such as Medial Longitudinal Arch Angle (MLAA), Navicular Height (NH), and Foot Posture Index (FPI-6) have also been used. However, it is unknown how an individual’s foot classification is influenced across the existing plethora of classification tests, as their relationships remain largely unknown. A second potential reason for inconsistent findings about the relationship between static foot morphology and injury-related lower extremity biomechanics could be the lack of knowledge about the motion of a key structure of the foot (i.e., the transverse arch (TA)), including whether TA motion is influenced by different foot morphologies and activity demands. The overall objective of my research agenda is to promote athletic trainers’ competency by providing a holistic view on the tools that are being used to promote health care, and to enhance our knowledge of the foot’s functions. -- Let me know if you any questions or if you would like to talk more about the undergraduate research assistant position. Looking forward to hearing from you.
Remote Student: 
No
Campus: 
Corvallis Campus Only
This offer is open ended.