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- The biomechanical and metabolic effects of prostheses and exoskeletons on walking, running, hopping, jumping, and sprinting.
- Director: Alena Grabowski, PhD.
- Postdoctoral Fellows: Janet Zhang, Harald Penasso
- Graduate Students: Ryan Alcantara, Stephen Allen, Kara Ashcraft, Zane Colvin, Gabriela Diaz, Caelyn Hirschman, Josh Tacca
- Collaborators: Christopher Arellano, Ph.D., Brown University; William Byrnes, Ph.D., University of Colorado Boulder; Susan D'Andrea, Ph.D., Providence VAMC; Hugh Herr, Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Trevor Kingsbury, Ph.D. Naval Medical Center San Diego; Rodger Kram, Ph.D., University of Colorado Boulder; William McDermott, Ph.D., The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital, Utah; Craig McGowan, Ph.D., University of Idaho; Justus Ortega, Ph.D., Humboldt State University; Mark Rentschler, Ph.D., University of Colorado Boulder; Anne Silverman, Ph.D., Colorado School of Mines.
Current Research Projects
- What is the optimal model, stiffness, and height of a running-specific leg prosthesis? (Tacca, Grabowski)
- Can sensory feedback training improve the biomechanical and metabolic effects of using passive or powered lower limb prostheses during walking for Veterans with transtibial amputations? (Hirschman, Zhang, Grabowski)
- How do lower limb prosthetic stiffness and power affect the biomechanics, metabolic costs, and satisfaction of Veterans with transtibial amputations during walking?” (Colvin, Tacca, Grabowski)
- Understanding the effects of a springy leg exoskeleton during hopping and running (Allen, Tacca, Grabowski)
- What is the optimal stiffness of a pediatric prosthetic foot? (Ashcraft, Grabowski)
- How does in-series or running-specific prosthetic stiffness affect long jump performance? (Ashcraft, Grabowski)
- How does use of a running-specific leg prosthesis affect curve-running performance? (Alcantara, Diaz, Grabowski)
- Optimizing orthotic and prosthetic components for military women with limb salvage or amputation. (Ashcraft, Grabowski)
- Integration of biomechanics-based informatics for prevention of stress fractures (Alcantara, Grabowski)
- Optimizing prosthetic and bicycle fit for Veterans with transtibial amputations (Allen, Grabowski)
Opportunities for Undergraduates
The requirements for undergraduate students who would like research experience in our Lab are:
- Completed at least one year in college.
- Will be at CU for at least two more semesters.
- Available for 8-10 hours of time per week in blocks of 2-4 hours at a time.
- IPHY, MCDB, PSYCH, Applied Math, and Engineering majors are encouraged.
For more information, contact Prof. Alena Grabowski (firstname.lastname@example.org). Unfortunately, due to high demand, we cannot accommodate all qualified students.
- E Etenzi, R Borzuola, & AM Grabowski. Passive-elastic knee-ankle exoskeleton reduces the metabolic cost of walking. Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation 17, 104 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12984-020-00719-w
- RS Alcantara, ON Beck, & AM Grabowski. Added lower limb mass does not affect biomechanical asymmetry but increases metabolic power in runners with a unilateral transtibial amputation. European Journal of Applied Physiology 2020. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00421-020-04367-9
- CZ Zai & AM Grabowski. The metabolic power required to support body weight and accelerate body mass changes during walking on uphill and downhill slopes. Journal of Biomechanics 103, 2020 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbiomech.2020.109667
- P Taboga, ON Beck, & AM Grabowski. Prosthetic configuration affects top sprinting speeds of athletes with bilateral transtibial amputations. Plos One Published: February 20, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0229035
- P Taboga, EK Drees, ON Beck, & AM Grabowski. Prosthetic model, but not stiffness or height, affects maximum running velocity in athletes with unilateral transtibial amputations. Nature Scientific Reports 2020 10:1763 https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-56479-8 1; www.nature.com/articles/s41598-019-56479-8
- LA Davis, SP Allen, LD Hamilton, AM Grabowski, & RM Enoka. Differences in postural sway among healthy adults are associated with the ability to perform steady contractions with leg muscles. Experimental Brain Research 2020 https://doi.org/10.1007/s00221-019-05719-4
- SP Allen & AM Grabowski. Hopping with degressive spring stiffness in a full-leg exoskeleton lowers metabolic cost compared with progressive spring stiffness and hopping without assistance. Journal of Applied Physiology 2019 127: 520–530 https://doi.org/10.1152/japplphysiol.01003.2018
- J Funken, S Willwacher, K Heinrich, R Müller, H Hobara, AM Grabowski, & W Potthast. Long jumpers with and without a transtibial amputation have different 3D centre of mass and joint take-off step kinematics. Journal of the Royal Society Open Science Published: 17 April 2019 6: 190107. http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsos.190107
- H Hobara, S Hashizume, J Funken, S Willwacher, R Müller, AM Grabowski, & W Potthast. Vertical stiffness during one-legged hopping with and without using a running-specific prosthesis. Journal of Biomechanics 2019 86: 34-39. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbiomech.2019.01.034
- J Funken, S Willwacher, K Heinrich, R Müller, H Hobara, AM Grabowski & W Potthast. Three dimensional take-off step kinetics of long jumpers with and without a transtibial amputation. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 2019 Apr 51 (4): 716-725. https://doi.org/10.1249/MSS.0000000000001853
- ON Beck & AM Grabowski. Athletes with Versus Without Leg Amputations: Different Biomechanics, Similar Running Economy. Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews Published online 2019 Jan 47 (1): 15-21. doi: 10.1249/jes.0000000000000174