Jody L. Jensen, Ph.D., Professor

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Jody L Jensen is a Professor in the Department of Kinesiology & Health Education at the University of Texas at Austin. Additionally, she holds an adjunct appointment in the Department of Psychology and is a member of the Institute of Neuroscience. With training in both motor development and biomechanics, her research has focused on the contributions of mechanics to skill acquisition and changes in motor competence across the lifespan. In her early work, the tasks of posture and locomotion served as the laboratory for understanding age-related changes in the exploitation of non-muscular forces. She changed paradigms (to lower extremity cyclic action) to challenge the hypothesis that product outcomes by children, compared to adults, were representative of poor skill. The alternate hypothesis Results revealed children to be capable of adjusting neuromotor strategies to changing task demands. This work has evolved into the evaluation of strategies for rehabilitation of lower extremity function.

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