HPU Welcomes High School Students for National Biomechanics Day Celebration

HIGH POINT, N.C., April 10, 2019 – Nearly 100 students from Southwest Guilford High School and Greensboro Day School took part in a National Biomechanics Day celebration, hosted by High Point University’s Departments of Physical Therapy, Exercise Science and Athletic Training.

The event engaged visiting students in the cutting-edge technology and research that takes place in HPU’s Human Biomechanics and Physiology Lab, and Virtual Reality and Clinical Gait Analysis Lab. These labs are housed in the Congdon School of Health Sciences.

“The National Biomechanics Day is an organized outreach event that incorporates labs across the country,” said Dr. Kevin Ford, director of the biomechanics laboratory and professor of physical therapy in the Congdon School of Health Sciences. “There are literally thousands of high school students at this moment doing the same thing, and I think HPU is engaged in the community and leading the way.”

Daniel Etheredge, a sophomore from Southwest Guilford, learned from Ford that biomechanics is the study of movement and the function of the body. He also learned how HPU’s biomechanics lab is focused on improving performance and reducing risk of injury.

“It’s really exciting to see what we can do, how this technology works and what HPU is doing,” said Etheredge. “What interests me in the field is the application and what you can do for other people.” 

HPU junior Charis Tinger, an exercise science major and a math and science double minor, volunteered for the first time and enjoyed seeing the excitement on the high school students’ faces.

“I think it’s a great opportunity for us to share our passion, but I love to see their faces light up, whether it’s because they’re learning something new or because they’re making new connections in their minds,” said Tinger. “It’s encouraging that these students are getting the exposure to our programs to see what’s offered.”

Morgan McGuire, a senior from Southwest Guilford, worked with HPU’s Dr. Dora Gosselin, assistant professor of physical therapy, in the Gait Analysis Lab on how one responds to unpredictable obstacles when walking.

“I’m a very hands-on learner, so it was good to learn biomechanics this way,” said McGuire. “This allowed me to learn a lot and become interested in the subject itself.”

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