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Jesus Dapena

Jesus Dapena

dapena@indiana.edu
(812) 855-8407
PH 071

Education
  • Ph.D. 1979
  • Licenciado 1973
Background
  • Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
  • School of HPER Outstanding Researcher Award
  • Geoffrey Dyson Award of the International Society for Biomechanics in Sports
  • United States Olympic Committee Sports Medicine Research Associate
  • International Olympic Committee Speaker's Appreciation Award


Research



My area of research is sport biomechanics. When a good performance is achieved in a sport, this is due in part to the athlete's physical condition. But in part it is also due to the athlete's technique: to the amount of skill in the athlete's motions. The main goal of sport biomechanics is to understand the cause-effect mechanisms that make some sport techniques better than others, and ultimately to find the optimum technique.

The main research tool in sport biomechanics is motion analysis, in which the three-dimensional (3D) locations of a number of anatomical points are obtained through film, video, or other opto-electronic methods during a sports activity, and then used as input to computer programs for the calculation of other mechanical information.

  • The standard 3D data capture procedure used at our laboratory.


At the Biomechanics Laboratory in the HPER Building, we develop new research methodologies for biomechanics, investigate the techniques used in a variety of sports, and apply the information obtained through this research to the improvement of the techniques of elite athletes.



Our work on methodology development has included 3D motion analysis methods, computer graphics, calculation of mechanical parameters of human motion, and computer simulation. We have analyzed the techniques used in running, jumping, and throwing in track and field, pitching and batting in baseball/softball, the tennis serve, and soccer kicking, among other sports activities. Our laboratory has received funding from USA Track & Field, the U.S. Olympic Committee, and the International Olympic Committee to analyze the techniques of elite track and field athletes in various events, and to provide advice to their coaches. For further information, see: http://www.indiana.edu/~sportbm/research.html

Background
  • Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
  • School of HPER Outstanding Researcher Award
  • Geoffrey Dyson Award of the International Society for Biomechanics in Sports
  • United States Olympic Committee Sports Medicine Research Associate
  • International Olympic Committee Speaker's Appreciation Award