Student Research Experience

The importance of becoming an Evidence Based Practitioner is continuously stressed to the undergraduate students within the NMSU HPDR Department. To facilitate this process, students are invited to be working members of the Laboratorio de Biomechanica. During their time in the Lab, they are completely immersed in a comprehensive undergraduate research experience. This experience includes:

  • An introduction and familiarization with all equipment housed within the Lab.
  • An introduction to interacting with research oversight and compliance.
  • Guidance in identifying problem based questions and formulating testable hypotheses in an effort to answer those questions.
  • Guidance in developing experimental protocols that facilitate their ability to answer the posed research question.
  • Guidance and experience in interacting with Human Participants.
  • Guidance and experience in appropriate data collection techniques.
  • Guidance and experience in the reduction, processing, and analysis of collected scientific data.
  • Guidance and experience in the dissemination of results.

Although this experience does not require the submission of a completed project for potential publication in an Exercise Science Journal, students are provided with a number of opportunities to disseminate their results as to gain experience in interacting with other scientific professionals within the Exercise Science field.

Completed Experiences

Sara R. King. (2012). A Comparison by Weight of the Impact of Varying Stance Widths on the Number of Bodyweight Squats Performed in College Aged Women. Journal of Undergraduate Kinesiology Research. 7(2), 84-92.

Purpose: Although the back squat is a common squat exercise utilized to strengthen the lower extremities, the impact of varying stance widths on the number of squats performed is not currently known. Thus purpose of this study was to determine if stance width and Body Mass Index (BMI) have an impact on the number of squats performed. Methods: Thirty-one college-aged female subjects volunteered to participate. Subjects had their height, weight, and shoulder width measured. Subjects met with the research team on three days, which were separated by a minimum of two days and a maximum of four day. During these meetings subjects performed one stance width variation, which included 60%, 100%, and 140% of the subjects’ shoulder width. Results: There was no interaction between BMI and the number to squats performed at the various stance widths (F (1,29) = 1.143, p = 0.294, 1-β = 0.179). There were, however, two main effects (F (2,28) = 9.825, p = 0.001, 1-β = 0.973) for the overweight/obese group. These effects were observed between the number of squats performed at the 100% shoulder width stance and the number of squats performed at both 60% and 140% of shoulder width. Conclusion: The normal weight subjects were able to perform large numbers of squats regardless of stance width. The overweight/obese subjects were able to consistently perform the highest number of squats in the shoulder width stance. Ongoing Experiences

There are currently 4 student research experience project under compliance review including:

Brianna Madrid who is examining the Effects of Different Heel Heights on Gait and Muscle Activity in Women.

Vanessa Villalobos who is examining the Impact of a Rehabilitative Walking Boot on Gait Kinematics.

Marcus McClary who is examining the Activation of Lower Extremity Muscles During Balance Testing While Wearing Different Shoe Types.

Madison Bingham who is examining the Impact of Movement Based Gaming Systems on Exercise Biometrics.