PULLMAN, Wash. – Two nearly identical softballs, both approved for league play, can have dramatically different effects when smacked into a player’s head.
Those are the findings from a study conducted by Professor Lloyd Smith in Washington State University’s School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering and project engineer Derek Nevins. The report will be presented at the Asia Pacific Congress on Sports Technology later this month in Hong Kong. Their work was published in the journal, Proceedia Engineering.
Smith’s group developed a unique model of a softball that they electronically throw at a virtual head to better understand and prevent injuries.
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As of the new year, there is an easier and faster way to report workplace injuries and illnesses via an online form. The completed form will be routed electronically to Human Resource Services (HRS), Environmental Health & Safety, and the employee’s supervisor.
The revised Safety Policies and Procedures Manual (SPPM Section 25.20) on accident reporting describes how to report incidents using the new online system.
HRS will provide training about the system on request. To schedule a training session, contact Jamilee Gecas at 335-1760 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions, please contact Gecas or Ed Havey, Environmental Health & Safety, 335-5311 or email@example.com.
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Dennis Dyck and Dr. Bruce Becker are recipients of a $450,000 grant to develop a first-of-its-kind support program for people with traumatic brain or spinal cord injury and their families. The National Institute of Disabilities and Education Research awarded the grant.The researchers’ structured management strategy will help patients and their families cope by providing information about the injury, and resources and suggestions for managing problems and issues, such as social isolation, altered family mechanics, depression, and economic strain. Dyck is director of the Washington Institute for Mental Illness Research and Training and associate dean for research at Washington State University Spokane. He has just completed … » More …