From Standing Balance to Shooting a Rifle

ResearchGate is a network that seeks to connect researchers around the world by posting information about others who share your interests, who cite your research, who follow your work. etc. I’m not very skilled at using the network, but sometimes I am able to track down the connections that are offered.

So, now hear this:

In 1975, I published my master’s degree study in the Journal of Gerontology, 30(6), 661-667, “Aging and Postural Sway in Women.” It was a study comparing postural sway in 2 groups of women — young adults and older adults.  I was interested in aging and the central nervous system and falls in older people.

Well, recently ResearchGate sent me information about a study done by a group of researchers from Belgium and Italy in which my 1975 publication was cited. I was a little startled to find that my findings were serving as a resource for recent research on standing balance as related to shooting performance. Shooting — as in shooting a rifle.  More specifically, body recoil when shooting.

The melding of these two research areas of interest — standing balance in aging women and standing balance in rifle shooting — made me think about how interconnected our world is today,  Like, how everything is related to everything.  And how my master’s thesis study, innocently carried out some 40 years ago in the photo lab of the Women’s Physical Education building at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is contributing to current research on the body’s recoil when shooting a rifle.

Just saying …………

Scataglini, S., et al. (2018).  Assessment of human balance due to recoil destabilization using smart clothing.  Advances in Physical Ergonomics and Human Factors.  DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-60825-9_20

6 thoughts on “From Standing Balance to Shooting a Rifle

  1. Thanks for this post, Betty, very interesting! Seems like there’s no point in worrying about how our research might get used in the future. If we did try and anticipate this, we’d never get any research done. But it does make me think about the importance of a research narrative, contextualising the findings in a bigger story, as part of evidence based practice and good critical literature reviewing.

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