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OSU-Cascades shows off new biomechanics lab (KTVZ)
Oregon State University President Ed Ray toured a new biomechanics lab that opened Monday at OSU-Cascades in Bend.
There are few if any others in the nation like the lab here in Central Oregon. Read more...

OSU-Cascades opens a new sports medicine research lab in Bend (Oregonian)
In and around Bend, skiers slip down Mt. Bachelor's slopes, cyclists pump their way around Century Drive, climbers scale Smith Rock State Park's amber towers and athletic injuries abound.

No wonder the folks at Oregon State University-Cascades decided it was ideally situated to open a new operation aimed at the studying the successes and missteps of active lifestyles. The Functional Orthopedic Research Center of Excellence, known as FORCE Laboratory, opens this month. Read more...

FORCE lab grand opening on Monday, May 13
The FORCE lab will officially open Monday, May 13, during an event that will include video capture demonstrations and remarks by OSU President Ed Ray. The by-invitation event will take place at 11 a.m. at Therapeutic Associates-Bend Physical Therapy (in The Center), 2200 Neff Rd., Suite 202, Bend. Reporters seeking more information can call Christine Coffin at 541-322-3152.

Meaningful motion: Researchers, therapists use technology to study movements of athletes (The Bulletin)
Trevor Roberts, a Mountain View High School senior and three-sport athlete, was wrestling in February when an opponent's hit blew out his right knee. The impact tore the anterior cruciate ligament, lateral collateral ligament, meniscus and quadriceps tendon.
He had surgery a week later, and has been doing intensive physical therapy ever since.
“We know he's at risk of re-injury and osteoarthritis," said Christine Pollard, who has a Ph.D. in biomechanics and is an associate professor and the exercise and sports science program leader at Oregon State University-Cascades Campus. Read more...

New biomechanics lab in Bend one of the few of its kind in the country
A new biomechanics laboratory opening this May in Bend will provide cutting-edge research and intervention strategies for injuries – especially knees, ankles and hips – creating a perfect match with Central Oregon’s population of elite and recreational athletes. Read more...