Kinesiology doctoral student Carl Jewell has been named a De Luca Foundation 2017 Research Scholarship winner. He received the $13,000 award for his research proposal “The influence of patellofemoral pain on muscle coordination and segment coordination variability in runners.”
“The notification email of the award was one of the best messages I have ever received as this will fully fund my dissertation,” Jewell says. “This funding will cover everything from the supplies I need, to participant reimbursement, to a stipend that will allow me to fully focus on this project.”
Jewell’s primary research interests are in lower limb mechanics and foot strike patterns in running.
“As we continue to research injury, specifically patellofemoral pain in runners, we look to improve the research foundation to develop tools for injury classification and risk assessment, thus reducing recovery time, injury persistence and ultimately injury occurrence,” Jewell states. “Here at UMass Amherst, we have the personnel and experience to conduct in-depth, cutting-edge research and a suite of equipment that allows us to probe questions that might not be achievable at other institutions.”
The De Luca Foundation is a charitable organization that focuses on raising awareness of innovative methodologies for understanding human motor control, fostering innovative work, educating students and young researchers, and funding research ideas to study and cure neuromuscular diseases.
This is the first year the foundation has administered scholarships to support undergraduate and graduate student research projects aimed at advancing the study of electromyography, motor control and human movement science.