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Satoshi Fujita
04-05-1995, 03:13 PM
I am a graduate student at the Uni. of Florida majoring in exercise
physiology.
I am currently working on a project to find out the possible
mechanism for anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries in sports
(especially women's sports). Our women's volleyball team at UF has had
several ACL injuries a couple of years already. You might have seen on
ESPN's special program or on the article on Sports Illustrated about the
high incidence of ACL injuries among female athletes recently.
As one of class projects in my Biomechanics course at school, we
decided to conduct a experiment as well as several literature reviews on
ACL injuries in sports.
So far we succeeded to get some help from women's volleyball team
coach, UF athletic department orthopedist and other physicians, UF strength
training coach, and so on. We are suspecting the one-foot jumping and
landing technique used among middle hitters might have something to do with
the cause of the injuries within female volleyball players. But I would
like find out if anybody have done research on 'one-foot' or 'two-feet'
jumping as well as 'one-foot' and 'two-feet' landing movement. We are
planning to conduct a experiment using a force plate, video analysis, and
EMG.
I would be very appreciated if anybody could give me any
information regarding the possible mechanisms of ACL injuries or any
research conducted on the jumping and landing movements.
I promise to post summarized information I get from everybody
regarding this project.
It is very important to find out the mechanisms for ACL injuries
because if the number of incidence keeps growing, it might become a
possible threat to female athletic community in the near future.

I appreciate your help.

Satoshi Fujita
Center for Exercise Science
Dep. of Exercise and Sport Science
University of Florida

Tel (904) 392-9575
Fax (904) 392-0316
E-mail - toshi@nervm.nerdc.ufl.edu