Lower Extremity Biomechanics in Collegiate Athletes: the Influence of Injury; Back on Two Feet: Restoring Ambulation with Lower Limb Prosthetics; COVID & The Museum

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For 11 May 2022    

 Hi WN@TL Fans,

When I was a post-doc at Agrigenetics in 1985 on the east side of Madison, my colleagues and I had the opportunity to play squash using the indoor court built into the renovated dairy barn that served as health club, seminar space and reception hall.  That barn was a central feature of the company’s compact campus on Buckeye Road, a key venue for camaraderie, collaboration and sporting competition.

That one court and that one sport will suffice for the themes of my missives for the next two weeks because this mid-May we have a serendipitous double-header dealing with life and limb:  first, this week with how our legs, their joints & muscles & tendons & ligaments help us get around; and next week, on how prosthetics can help us get around if we lack or lose a limb.

In the early 1980’s I had played racquetball while a grad student at the University of Illinois, but squash was a new twist to me.  The smaller ball, the longer racquet with a smaller face, the damnable little metal kickboard that extended up about a foot from the floor against the front wall–these were just some of the differences in the court and the equipment, not to mention the strategy, between squash and racquetball.

Playing squash with folks barreling through their mid-20’s and heading into the Glory Days dotage that comes with turning 30 introduced me to what a sport depending on stopping, planting, and pivoting at speed could do to one’s ankles and knees.  It was sobering to see a colleague slowed by a severely sprained ankle;  it was sickening to see what a blown knee could be.

I’m looking forward to seeing what nearly 40 years of research since 1985 have done to reduce injury, improve rehab, and speed recovery, regardless of the age of the athlete or the size of the ball in play.


 On May 11 Dan Cobian of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation speaks on “Lower Extremity Biomechanics in Collegiate Athletes: The Influence of Injury.”

 Description: Badger Athletic Performance (BAP) is a collaborative partnership between the Department of Orthopedics & Rehabilitation and the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of Wisconsin. BAP is dedicated to the mission of maximizing each student-athlete’s on-field performance through the integration of science, training, and injury management. The study of human biomechanics is the foundation for athletic performance. This session will illustrate the effects of injury on athletic movement and how this information is used to maintain student-athlete health and wellness through individualized care.

 Bio: Dan Cobian, DPT, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopedics & Rehabilitation at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a faculty member in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program and a research scientist with the Badger Athletic Performance Lab. Prior to joining the faculty at UW-Madison, he received a PhD in Rehabilitation Science from The University of Iowa (2015), and completed a postdoc position in the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation at UW-Madison (2016). The focus of Dr. Cobian’s thesis work was lower extremity power and rapid force development after knee injury, surgery, and rehabilitation. 

The objectives of his current research are to better understand the neuromuscular implications of musculoskeletal trauma, characterize the effects of injury on movement biomechanics, sports performance and function, and determine how to best prescribe and dose rehabilitation interventions to facilitate improved outcomes and long term quality of life. He has authored peer-reviewed articles published in numerous sports medicine journals and has presented research and delivered educational content at a variety of state and national meetings. 

Dr. Cobian maintains a clinical practice in Sports Rehabilitation for UW Health at The American Center, and specializes in treating patients with lower extremity musculoskeletal trauma, with an emphasis on knee joint injury and surgery. He also provides consultation services to the University of Wisconsin Athletics Department. Dr. Cobian is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (Sports, Orthopaedic, and Research sections), the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and the American College of Sports Medicine. He currently serves on the Research Committee of the AASPT and as the Research Coordinator for the Annual Meeting & Scientific Conference.

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Badger Athletic Performance website: https://bap.ortho.wisc.edu/

Badger Athletic Performance twitter account: @UWBadgerAP

Dan Cobian DPT Faculty page: https://www.med.wisc.edu/education/physical-therapy-program/faculty-and-staff/dan-cobian/



On May 18 Amy Paulios of UW Health Orthotics & Prosthetics will speak on “Back On Two Feet: Restoring Ambulation with Lower Limb Prosthetics.”

 Description:  Most people now recognize the abilities of those who wear lower limb prosthetics from stories you’ve read about wounded Veterans or from news about Paraolympians.  What you might not realize is just how many amputees are thriving within your own community.  Amy Paulios is a Certified Prosthetist working at UW Health to help restore mobility to those who experience limb loss.  She will share her experience as a certified prosthetist and describe the field of prosthetics and share stories of fitting patients with prosthetic limbs to help them reach their rehabilitation goals.

Bio: Amy is an American Board Certified Prosthetist at UW Health. She graduated from Luther College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and then attended graduate school at Northwestern University where she earned her Certificate of Prosthetics. Amy completed her prosthetics residency at Northern Prosthetics and Orthopedic Inc. in Rockford, Illinois. She practiced for several years in Rockford before joining Prosthetic Laboratories of Rochester Inc. in Madison, where she practiced for 12 years. Amy is an active volunteer for the American Board for Certification of Orthotics and Prosthetics where she is an ABC Exam Team member and Prosthetics CPM Examiner. She is a frequent guest lecturer for the UW Madison and UW La Crosse Doctoral Physical and Occupational Therapy Programs as well as Blackhawk and Southwest Technical Colleges’ Physical Therapy Assistant Programs. Amy practices prosthetics at the UW Health Outpatient Orthotics Prosthetics Clinic in Middleton, The East Side Hospital in Madison, and attends Amputee Clinics at UW Middleton Rehabilitation as well as VA Madison.  She has extensive experience in lower-limb prosthetics including congenital and pediatrics fittings. In addition to helping restore the highest level of function for her patients, Amy is passionate about education and advocacy within the health care network to support those affected by limb loss.

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UW Health Orthotics and Prosthetics information


The Amputee Coalition is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for amputees and their families, improving patient care and preventing limb loss.


The American Board of Certification of Orthotics and Prosthetics is the national certifying and accrediting body for orthotic, prosthetic, and pedorthic professions since 1948.

https://ncope.org/ How do you enter the field of Orthotics and Prosthetics?  What does the education route look like?




On May 25 Amy Gilman, director of the Chazen Museum of Art, will speak on “COVID & The Museum:  How Arts Institutions Are Re-Emerging in a Post-Pandemic World.”

 Description: Dr. Amy Gilman, director of the Chazen Museum of Art, will share insights about the museum’s progress over the last 5 years, and how the COVID-19 pandemic caused a shift in priorities for the institution. Prior to the pandemic, the Chazen was deeply embedded in a period of growth. After focusing on staff restructuring and financial sustainability for the first two years of her directorship, Gilman had begun to pivot the museum towards being a radically inclusive and accessible space. 

Like many arts institutions, however, the Chazen suffered set-backs as a result of the pandemic and was forced to reassess its priorities going forward. Dr. Gilman will share how the museum pivoted during this difficult time, and found new and meaningful ways to support its partners on campus. Additionally, Dr. Gilman will discuss current events in the field, especially the call for art museums to address social justice issues in their communities and how the Chazen is taking part in the movement. Dr. Gilman will share information on upcoming exhibitions and programs, and their connection to the Chazen’s broader strategic goals going forward.

Bio: Dr. Amy Gilman joined the Chazen Museum of Art in September 2017. As director of the Chazen, she oversees all administrative, financial, and curatorial duties for the museum. Since her arrival, Gilman has stewarded a new museum website, replaced unpaid internships with paid ones, and re-imagined the museum’s lobby and store as a coffee shop and gathering place for both museum visitors and whole community. 

During COVID and an unusual academic year, Gilman initiated the development of flexible, adaptable, virtual curricula for use by faculty, connecting the museum’s permanent collection with course themes of resilience and surviving trauma, and art and activism. Gilman is a progressive leader in the field, and an advocate for the role of the university art museum on campus and in the community. 

Prior to the Chazen, Gilman spent 12 years at the Toledo Museum of Art in Toledo, Ohio where she served as deputy director, assistant director for collections and exhibitions, and curator of modern and contemporary art. Gilman is an alumna of the Getty Leadership Institute. She earned her doctorate in art history at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, a Master of Fine Arts in photography from Columbia College in Chicago, and a bachelor’s degree in performance studies from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

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