Brian Addison

I earned my Ph.D. in March 2016 from Harvard University. My thesis was titled The biomechanics and evolution of impact resistance in human walking and running, and it integrated theory and research practices from the fields of biomedical engineering, materials science and evolutionary biology. In a nutshell, my thesis investigated how variations in shoes (like how high the shoe heel is, or how stiff the sole of the shoe is) influence the mechanical forces generated during human walking and running, and how human bones resist those forces.

My thesis projects included:

  • The effect of shoe sole stiffness on the generation of heel strike impact forces during walking and running
  • How the heel height of shoes influences heel strike impact forces during running
  • Investigating the variation in bone density in human populations that have varying physical activity levels
  • Evaluating how bone density influences resistance to impact forces

Links to my publications will be added below as they become available. In the meantime, feel free to look through my thesis as it will be published by Harvard University (it is copyrighted with all rights reserved, so don't get any ideas :))

 

Tradeoffs between impact loading rate, vertical impulse and effective mass for walkers and heel strike runners wearing footwear of varying stiffness346 KB
The biomechanics and evolution of impact resistance in human walking and running3.43 MB