Spartan joins Cincinnati Children's Virtual Reality Study

Spartan joins Cincinnati Children's Virtual Reality Study

Ellie Rickenbaugh '22 is busy this summer spending time in the gym, but not just any gym, the virtual reality gym at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. Ellie, along with other local female high school athletes, is part of a study being conducted on prevention of ACL surgeries in females. A description of the study is below:

"The Sports Medicine Research team at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital is conducting an NIH funded research study aimed to reduce the risk of Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injuries in high school female athletes. This research project is aimed to determine better strategies for delivering ACL Injury prevention training to high school female athletes. While participating in this study, female athletes perform neuromuscular training which includes plyometric, CORE strength, and strength training. In addition, the study is investigating the use of real-time biofeedback delivered in an augmented reality headset while the athletes perform training exercises. The training sessions occur 3x/week for 6 weeks. Before beginning the training program, athletes complete a pre-training study visit which involves 3D Motion Analysis testing and also sport-specific virtual reality testing to measure how the athletes move before and after completing this training program."

Mason's head volleyball coach invited Spartan volleyball players to sign up and Ellie decided to join. She will finished the six week course soon and hopefully have new mechanics to help prevent her from injury that she can even share with her teammates.