Office of Undergraduate Research

Motion feedback technique in paraplegic and quadraplegic

Through a meeting between PSOA and Veterans' Affairs I was introduced to paraplegic athletes at the Veteran's Spinal Center. One major issue in disabled veterans is their head, neck and back coordination deteriorates over time spent sitting in their chairs which then creates over years all sorts of related health. Our present research goals look to integrate my movement research (detailled in my new book "Dance and the Alexander Technique: Exploring the Missing Link") within their training regiment. On the short term we are looking to provide the veterans with a movement sequence that would improve their awareness of their present movement possibilities and help them remain aware of the way they use their bodies in activity. By the end of the semester we should have a draft video of movement sequences and easily to follow guidelines so that veterans can implement the workhout at home on their computer or with a dvd player.

Tasks and responsibilities:

1. Help design, demonstrate and document the movement sequence. 2. Interact with the athletes.