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Advanced Musculoskeletal Mechanics and Imaging

Michael Samaan, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion. Samaan and his diverse research team of physicians, physical therapists, medical and exercise science students use biomechanics and imaging to thoroughly understand the effects of orthopedic conditions on joint function and health. More specifically, the Samaan Lab uses a combination of advanced biomechanical analyses, musculoskeletal simulations and quantitative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to assess the effects of femoroacetabular impingement syndrome (FAIS) and surgical treatment for FAIS on hip joint function and health. The long-term goal of the Samaan Lab is to thoroughly understand the effects of FAIS and surgical treatment for FAIS in order to develop novel interventions that will reduce the risk of onset/progression of hip osteoarthritis in the relatively young FAIS population.