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Research Associate (MS or PhD), Un of Southern California – Pitching/injury mechanics

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  • Research Associate (MS or PhD), Un of Southern California – Pitching/injury mechanics

    Research Associate in the COOR (Clinical biomechanics, Orthopedic and sports Outcomes Research) Laboratory (; Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy

    This position is for a funded project:
    PAC-12 Student-Athlete Health and Well Being Grant
    Biomechanical metrics to improve performance and reduce elbow injuries in baseball
    PI: Lori Michener, PhD, PT, ATC

    Start Date: between July 1 and December 1, 2019

    Brief Summary:
    The ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) provides ~50% of the counter to elbow varus torque during pitching, putting it at risk for injury. Varus torque increases with faster ball velocity during pitching, but not for all pitchers. We hypothesize that physical factors of movement quality and quantity of the shoulder, trunk and hip movement are able to moderate the forces transmitted to the elbow during pitching. The goal of this project is to define the ball velocity-elbow varus torque relationship, and the level by which physical factors can moderate this relationship to reduce elbow torque.

    PLEASE see attached document for further information.

    • Masters or PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences, Engineering, Kinesiology, Biokinesiology, or closely related field
    • Strong biomechanics background in publications and experience strongly desired
    • Excellent written and oral English language communication skills
    • Ability to work independently, highly organized, attention to detail, and ability to work with others to develop and maintain a productive work environment
    • Experience working with human subjects and/ or patients
    • Experience using motion capture system, kinesiological electromyography, diagnostic ultrasound, and/or computer programming (Matlab, LabView) is highly desired

    Please email a letter of interest, CV, and names of 3 references (name, contact info to include email) to:

    Lori Michener, PhD, PT, ATC
    Professor; Director of Clinical Outcomes and Research and COOR Laboratory
    Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy
    University of Southern California
    1540 E. Alcazar Street, CHP 155 | Los Angeles, CA 90089
    Tel: 323-442-0247 | Fax: 323.442.1515
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