During the recent American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington Assistant Professor Allison Gruber received the Young Scientist Award from the association’s Biomechanics Interest Group. This award is presented to one person each year who shows great promise with early significant theoretical or empirical contributions to research in the biomechanics field. Dr. Gruber is the inaugural winner of this award.
Gruber, who teaches courses in biomechanics, human performance and human motion, focuses her research on the mechanisms of running injuries and how these injuries can be prevented.
“I combine biomechanical data with experimental oxygen consumption and substrate utilization data, both experimentally and via musculoskeletal and muscle energetics models, to comprehensively examine the interaction and importance of gait energetics on injury mechanisms,” she explains. “Investigating coordinated movements and non-time domain variables may be the key to understanding the causes of chronic running injuries and how these injuries can be prevented.”
Gruber holds a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst as well as a master’s degree from East Carolina University. She is currently co-chair of the Biomechanics Interest Group of the American College of Sports Medicine.
The Young Scientist Award is made possible through a sponsorship from Advanced Mechanical Technology, Inc. (AMTI).