The plight of the modern coalminer

Open-​​pit coalminers who drive heavy-​​duty vehi­cles face a unique brand of whole-​​body vibra­tion caused by oper­ating this equip­ment. Backed by a new grant from the Alpha Foun­da­tion, phys­ical therapy pro­fessor Jack Den­ner­lein will explore its effect on the body.

The next steps for dance medicine

New asso­ciate pro­fessor Shaw Bronner studies the bio­me­chanics of dance movement—research with appli­ca­tions ranging from pre­venting dancers’ injuries to under­standing the neural rela­tion­ship between move­ment and memory.

3Qs: ‘Driving’ a new pair of arms

Learning how to con­trol a new pair of arms would be like learning how to drive a car, says Christo­pher Hasson, a sen­so­ri­motor con­trol expert and a newly appointed assis­tant pro­fessor in the depart­ment of phys­ical therapy.

3Qs: Two thumbs down

Mobile-​​​​phone users who send dozens — or even hun­dreds — of text mes­sages per day may have begun to notice pain, tin­gling or numb­ness in their thumbs from exces­sive button … read more »

3Qs: The fastest man on no legs

David Nolan, an asso­ciate clin­ical pro­fessor of phys­ical therapy, says a South African sprinter should be allowed to com­pete in the Olympics wearing high-​​tech carbon-​​fiber pros­thetic legs.