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Begins: October 2021


$160,000 USD/Year

The Challenge

Using sEMG to augment current performance assessment methods in sport, rehabilitation, and therapeutic disciplines.


What is it?

The De Luca Foundation is offering four awards, in the form of cash and surface Electromyography (sEMG) equipment, for proposals using sEMG to augment current performance assessment methods in professions (PT, OT, Athletic Training, Fitness, Geriatrics, Speech, Telehealth) in which human assessment of movement in health and disease are needed.

Example of Areas of Focus

Why are we doing this?

Recent advances in wearable technology have opened the door for sEMG to be used in all-new settings, where human performance assessments and rehabilitation progress are monitored. This new ability prompts the opportunity to "Rethink EMG."

We are challenging you to think of new ways of combining EMG technology with current laboratory and/or clinical standards of assessment for applications that could benefit from the capability of measuring neuromuscular function by EMG technology which the award provides.

Applicant Eligibility

If you answer YES to these questions, then you are eligible to apply for the Rethink EMG Challenge!

Are you a researcher, sports trainer, clinician, rehabilitation professional, or graduate student?

Do you currently use human performance measurement(s) related to sports, biomechanics, orthopedics, neurology, cardiology, speech, gerontology, nutrition, telehealth, post-COVID functional assessments or other disciplines related to Human Health Sciences?

Does your challenge idea integrate sEMG with a measurement device that is used in your area of practice/expertise?

Recommended Applications

Sports Injury prevention
Return to Sports
Physical Therapy
Occupational Therapy
Cardiovascular Health
Pulmonary Health

Measures to Combine with EMG

Activity Monitors
Blood Pressure/HR Monitor
Force/Pressure devices
V02/Oximeter Devices
IMU/Computer Vision
Virtual Reality

Award & Important Details

$160k in prizes. $30,000.00 USD, 4-Sensor Trigno Lite System, Research Add-On Package + ADInstruments LabChart Software per prize

4 total prizes to be awarded

Multiple awards can be presented to a team of collaborators under a single application.

Challenge Begins: October 2021.

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Review Board Members

Brad Schoenfeld
Brad Schoenfeld
Associate Professor
Lehman College
Lionel Reveret
Lionel Reveret
Research Scientist
INRIA Rhône-Alpes
Enda King
Enda King
Sports Physiotherapist
Sports Surgery Clinic

Laura-Anne Furlong
Laura-Anne Furlong
Lecturer in Biomechanics
Loughborough University
Adrian Lai
Adrian Lai
Research Scientist
lululemon Athletica Inc

Interested in taking the challenge?

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