Research Unpacked: Judd Kalkhoven – Modeling for Proactive Injury Management (Associate Lecturer at WSU)

Episode 135: In this Research Unpacked Episode from Inform Performance, Dr Dylan Carmody chats to Judd Kalkhoven an Associate Lecturer at Western Sydney University. Judd has recently completed his PhD with a thesis focused on the complexities of the muscle-tendon unit and athletic injury. In his current research he is seeking to determine the optimal muscle-tendon architectural and mechanical characteristics for elite athletes depending on their specific sporting demands. In addition, he has a keen interest in understanding injury causation and will produce further academic papers in this area.

Topics Discussed

  • What is Injury Modeling
  • Limitations of relying on cumulative load metrics
  • Tissue Specific Injury Susceptibility
  • Estimating load induced damage to tissues
  • Using Imaging to gauge tissue health

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Andy is the Host / Co-Founder of Inform Performance and a dual qualified Physiotherapist / Strength & Conditioning Coach. Andy is based in Philadelphia & works for Total Performance who provide a multi-faceted, elite level diagnostic, rehabilitation and performance service. Delivered by a team of world leading specialists to organisations in the NBA, NFL, English Premier League, the LTA and England Rugby.