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Biomechanics Lab

Ball State University Biomechanics Lab Director Eric Dugan demonstrates the application of reflective sensors used to capture motion digitally for analysis.
Ball State University Biomechanics Lab Director Eric Dugan demonstrates the application of reflective sensors used to capture motion digitally for analysis.

Ball State's Biomechanics Lab has formed a unique partnership with Muncie-based Midwest Health Strategies to develop treatments for human motion injuries using the state-of-the-art, 3-D technology that helped create the groundbreaking Art of the Bow DVD.

Cardinal Advantage Motion Analysis—located in a recently opened $2 million facility near the university—is one of only a handful of facilities in the country offering motion analysis, using innovative digital technology to capture and analyze the range of motion of limbs and the body. It detects small changes in gait caused by injury, disease, or rehabilitative surgery and also can be used to help improve athletic performance and aid coaching.

The partnership brings together the expertise of Ball State faculty and students from the Biomechanics Lab, working under the direction of Eric Dugan, with specialists from the local medical community in a specially designed 1,500-square-foot space at the Muncie facility. There, and on campus, Ball State undergraduate and graduate students participate in research, treatment, and training, providing them with one-of-a-kind learning opportunities and excellent career preparation.