Course Overview

Students will learn how the body transfers loads during daily activities and how external or internal device design can have a long-term impact on body biomechanical function. Some examples include the impact of phone use and forward flexion of the neck and asymmetrical spinal loading due to shoulder bags (e.g., impact on factory workers or military personnel). The role of human-centered design on internal and external devices will be presented through case studies. Lastly, the impact of data from novel portable measurement tools that can be incorporated into wearable devices will be discussed, with a specific focus on disease monitoring, prevention, and early detection.