How to breathe “correctly”
Author: Enja Schenck
Considerations on breathing inspired by Joseph Pilates and informed by PRI, Bill Hartman and Zac Cupples.

Date posted: Aug. 16, 2020

Automated Tracking and Quantification of Autistic Behavioral Symptoms Using Microsoft Kinect
Co-author: Enja Schenck

My first published study. As the Kinetics specialist for the engineering and medical research teams, I co-authored a health technology study by the NYU Cognitive Neurophysiology Research Lab. The study examines the reliability of the Microsoft Kinect in detecting repetitive movements of autism patients.
Date posted: Jun. 26, 2016

Effectiveness of the Pilates Method of Exercise in the Treatment of Low Back Pain – a Comparative Review
Author: Enja Schenck

Graduate biomechanics study assessing the effectiveness of the Pilates method in the treatment of chronic low back pain. A critical look is taken at the types of exercises used, as some studies call exercises ‘Pilates’ while they come, in fact, from another movement background. Additionally, the results of mat versus Pilates on the equipment is compared, as well as classical Pilates versus contemporary Pilates.
Date posted: Jun. 26, 2016

The Effects of Prolonged Sitting on the Spine
Author: Enja Schenck

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of studies dealing with the negative physiological effects of prolonged sitting on the human body. Studies dealing with the musculoskeletal effects of prolonged sitting, however, are limited, quality varies greatly and evidence is contradicting.

This review presentation introduces the biomechanical  effects of sitting, such as creep and failure, as well as disc loading and response. There is an unexpected conclusion, as current literature suggests that sitting is less detrimental than widely assumed. In fact any position held for a prolonged time may load the tissues in an unfavorable manner, so a regular interruption from any sustained position is critical, as well as intermittent postural adjustments.
Date posted: Jun. 26, 2016

Lumbar Hyperlordosis and Anterior Pelvic Tilt — a Biomechanical and Rehabilitative Review
Author: Enja Schenck

This review study takes a close look at lumbar lordosis and anterior pelvic tilt in relation to low back pain, tissue loading mechanics, athletic injuries and performance, as well as strategies to achieve a more neutral pelvic and lumbar alignment.
Date posted: Jun. 26, 2016

Hamstring Strains -- Possible Cause and Risk Factors
Author: Enja Schenck

Graduate biomechanics presentation about a popular subject in coaching: Hamstring strains and the anatomy, cause, risk factors and
prevention strategies thereof.
Date posted: Jun. 26, 2016

Pilates -- A Biomechanical Approach

Author: Enja Schenck

Graduate biomechanics presentation introducing Pilates by way of 3 exercises, 2 pieces of apparatus, 1 principle, mechanical objectives, underlying biomechanical principles as well as 6 research studies.

Since this is the PDF of a Powerpoint presentation look out for my pointers in sticky notes.

Date posted:Jan. 6, 2015

Relationships Between Lumbar Lordosis, Pelvic Tilt, and Abdominal Muscle Performance

Author: Enja Schenck
This is a presentation I created for "Statistics and Research" class. The objective was to introduce a study with a faulty or insufficient method. It was interesting  to search for studies under that perspective as one would like to assume that scientific studies do not have any deficits.

Despite certain limitations, the study covers a subject of great interest .to me
Date posted:Jan. 5, 2015

Effectiveness of the Pilates Method of Exercise in the Treatment of Chronic Low Back Pain: Introduction of a Literature Review
Author: Enja Schenck

This 6-page paper covers just the introduction section of a scientific article, a literature review in this case. Of course the subject is Pilates-related :)
Date posted:Jan. 5, 2015

Computer Modeling and Simulation of Skeletal Muscle: An Introduction

- Presentation
- Paper

Author: Enja Schenck
Muscle models: an equally interesting and overwhelming subject.
Date posted:Dec. 7, 2014

Effect of stretch positions on hamstring muscle length, lumbar flexion range of motion, and lumbar curvature in healthy adults.
Borman NP, Trudelle-Jackson E, Smith SS

Yet another study proving that stretching doesn't affect posture:
1. Static stretching increased hamstring length 2. Hamstring length did not affect lumbar flexion or curvatureDate posted:Dec. 5, 2014

Contraction of the pelvic floor muscles during abdominal maneuvers.

Authors: Sapsford RR, Hodges PW

Scientific evidence that abdominal muscle contraction promotes pelvic floor co-contraction: "Abdominal muscle training to rehabilitate pelvic floor muscles may be useful in treating pelvic floor dysfunctions."

Date posted:
Dec. 5, 2014

Your IT Band is Not the Enemy (But Maybe Your Foam Roller Is)
Author: Robert Camacho
ITB or Not ITB…That is The Question
Author: Brad Neal

Not scientific or evidence based, but 2 excellent articles for everybody who uses the term "tight IT band".
" is muscle imbalance, and not a “tight” Iliotibial Band ... and it is rehabilitation (activation/strengthening) and not compression/stretching that will cure your symptoms."

Date posted:Dec. 6, 2014

Welcome to my Exercise Science section!
Below you find regularly updated scientific "gems" (a.k.a. interesting studies that relate to human movement), as well as my own graduate and professional research.