Primary Research Focus
Dr. Ben Noonan and his research team study athletic health and performance.
Their work primarily focuses on assessing hockey players’ physiological and biomechanical performance. The research team also focuses on musculoskeletal injuries, such as anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears and femoral acetabular impingement (FAI).
About the Noonan Lab
Lab Projects and News
Evaluation of risk factors associated with anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries
Sports Science and Biomechanical Engineering Research investigates the biomechanics and physiology of musculoskeletal injuries, prevention strategies, interventions, and rehabilitation modalities.
Three-dimensional force plates are used to assess the way an individual interacts with the ground during movement. These interactions are crucial in developing the speed and power required by elite athletes to perform at an optimal level. Properly absorbing the forces developed by these interactions with the ground during movements such as jump-landings, cutting, and pivoting are central to reducing the risk for traumatic musculoskeletal injuries, such as anterior cruciate ligament ruptures. Surface electromyography allows researchers to understand how an individual’s neuromuscular system recruits skeletal muscles to control their movement.
Assessment of ice hockey skating mechanics on ice, synthetic ice, and synthetic treadmill
Using state-of-the-art technology, researchers investigate kinematics, kinetics, and neuromuscular control strategies of human movement. Three-dimensional motion capture allows investigators to examine an individual’s kinematics, or the way their joints move to perform activities such as walking, running, and jumping. High-speed cameras give insight into the small details that may place an individual at a high risk for a particular musculoskeletal injury.
Meet the Noonan Lab Team
Colin Bond, MS
Colin is the clinical biomechanist for the Sanford Sports Science Institute in Fargo, ND. He obtained a bachelor of science in kinesiology-exercise science from Towson University in Towson, MD, while competing as a distance swimmer on the school’s NCAA Division I swimming and diving team. Following Towson, he obtained a master of science in kinesiology-exercise science from the University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH. While attending UNH, Colin completed graduate research examining lower-extremity strength and neural activation asymmetry in adults, and he coached youth club and high school swimmers. Colin is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine.