The Winning Team

Michelle LaPlaca

Posted: November 30, 2017

Petit Institute researchers from CoE leading Tech’s sports medicine program

Tennis elbow, a pulled hamstring, shin splints or an ankle sprain. Most of us have dealt with common sports injuries in an attempt to get in shape. Petit Institute researchers who are faculty at Georgia Tech’s College of Engineering are laser focused on providing sports medicine for even the most common injury.

Sports medicine today has become a specialized field with many facets. No longer just a study of orthopedics, sports medicine now encompasses new therapies and technologies that tackle all sorts of sports-related injuries and diseases, leveraging predictive analytics and wearables to keep athletes performing at their best.  

Tech’s sports medicine research program continues to grow, led by faculty such as Robert Guldberg, Omer Inan, Michelle LaPlaca and Johnna Temenoff, all leaders at the top of the field, all of them researchers in the Petit Institute. Guldberg is a professor in the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering. Inan is assistant professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Temenoff is a professor in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, where LaPlaca is an associate professor.

Each of these engineers has made impactful contributions to sports medicine research, and their work is already seeing real-world application today. Each one of them is driven by a common desire to enhance the quality of life of athletes, both on and off the field. And even occasional exercisers can reap the benefits. 

Read the whole story in the CoE magazine right here.

Release Date: Friday, December 1, 2017