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Kevin Dames

Kevin Dames

Kevin Dames, Kinesiology Department, recently attended the American Society of Biomechanics Annual Meeting in Rochester, Minn. He collaborated on a poster and a rapid podium presentation. The poster, titled “Comparison of subjective electromyographic onset determination to objective techniques during running,” compares alternative methods for identifying when lower extremity muscles are active during running. In the rapid podium presentation, titled “An exploration of muscle activity in young and older runners and the relationships with running economy,” they demonstrated that younger runners present different muscle activation patterns than older runners. Specifically, more economical young runners activate biarticular lower extremity muscles for a greater percent of stance phase, while more economical older runners activate these muscles for a lower percent of stance.