At CSUMB we have both
a Men’s and Women’s rugby team. They’re both club sports — they are two of the biggest
club sports on campus, and we compete in the NorCal leagues
for the Men’s and Women’s and are part of the larger
USA Rugby organization so we have opportunities to
go on to national championship matches. One of the men’s alumni is actually currently
representing our national team in rugby sevens, so a very strong tradition here at CSUMB,
I’m really happy to be part of it. In the Kinesiology Department
we’ve been very fortunate to have a lot of interest in the undergrad students to come and help out
with our various research projects. So, my current major research project
is looking at the scrum. The scrum is a part of rugby that
happens when the ball goes dead from a minor infraction, so to restart play in the sport,
you have eight people from each team; they bind up and they go head-to-head,
shoulder-to-shoulder, and they push against each other and the ball is
thrown in the middle, and they push back and forth and try to win
possession of the ball to be able to play on. So very important part of the game,
very unique part of rugby, and what we see looking at the statistics is that while the injury rates in the scrum are
not super high, when they do happen
unfortunately they tend to be very severe. So we’re really looking at how we can improve that to keep our athletes safe and just
improve the performance in the game. For example, behind me this is the scrum machine
that we bought and instrumented, so we’ve put load cells on the back
and so they wire up into the computer, and we’re able to record how hard students are–,
our athletes are pushing on this. So we’ve had our research students come in
and help with every aspect of this, from measuring the joint angles on the athletes, getting them in position, you know, conducting all those tests, so from this one test, it only lasts six seconds, but from that single test you get an excel file
with over 10,000 data points! [Woman’s voice: 3…2…1…push] [Group: Push, push, push, push, push!] [Yeah, the initial spike up to, to, to 400…..] Oh, ok And so our students have to go through
and figure out, you know, what does all of this– these numbers mean, where is there just, you know,
noise that’s interfering with the data, where is the actual force output that’s
meaningful, so they have to start cutting it down, cleaning it up,
preparing it for analyses. I’ve been working with Dr. Martin
since the spring of 2017 I’ve been working with
the men and women’s rugby team in the weight room and also with research. I also had the
opportunity to help Dr. Martin with research and weightlifting
over the summer as well, and so far I’ve completed two research projects and currently working on one with some other students, and we’ll be presenting that in March
for the NSCA Conference. And so the next step is gonna be once they get all these
meaningful numbers out of the test, they’ll get the opportunity to actually
do the statistical analysis and then present our results
at different conferences. So, for example, internally every spring we have
the Undergraduate Research Showcase and so all of our students will each get to
present their own poster based on all the different things we investigated
in this rugby research. And we hope for them to go on to, for example, the CSU-wide research competition
and then to go present at professional conferences such as the National Strength
and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and the American College of Sports Medicine. The College of Health Sciences and Human Services
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Dr. Martin Discusses His Cutting Edge Rugby Physiology Research In the CSUMB Kinesiology Department
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