Gascon is a graduate student in the School of Kinesiology and an accomplished USA Women’s National Team athlete in the sports of team handball and baseball. Her main research focus includes enhancing performance through biomechanical analysis among athletes of all ages. As a world-class athlete and an academic in the field, she is uniquely qualified to identify physiological and biomechanical issues challenging today’s female athletes. Michaelson is a graduate student in Consumer & Design Sciences and is a freelance apparel designer. Her functional apparel design research is focused mainly in sportswear and movement but also includes smart clothing and medical apparel. Her designs have been featured in regional, national, and international shows.
This compression top prototype is a collaborative effort between biomechanics and functional apparel design to reduce inefficiencies in performance among women athletes. Research has shown postural changes occur during sports and causes performance inefficiencies. To mitigate this, the prototype used the human musculoskeletal system as inspiration along with careful analysis of insertions and origins of posterior muscles. Other considerations include performance fit, comfort, and heat dissipation. Three stretch performance fabrics were chosen to provide varying degrees of compression, wicking, and comfort.