Dr. Karpovich barefoot and foot gear experiment film
- Dr. Karpovich barefoot and foot gear experiment film
Clips of barefoot and foot gear experiment films done by Dr. Peter V. Karpovich, a Springfield College faculty member. As one of his many experiments, Dr. Karpovich invented a device for locating the center of gravity of footgear that was designed to test, with greater objectivity, the physiological and kinesiological merits of various types of military footgear to determine which types would offer maximum protection, have a more comfortable fit, and provide functional efficiency. The films show a man walking on a treadmill with various dots on his ankles and legs wearing clear footggear and no footgear.
- Karpovich, Peter V.
- Springfield College Archives and Special Collections
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College Archives Digital Collections
Peter V. Karpovich Papers
Karpovich, Peter V.
- Black and White; 16mm; 8:48
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Peter V. Karpovich (1896-1975) was born in Russia and trained as a medical doctor at the State Military Academy of Medicine in Petrograd (St. Petersburg), Russia in 1919. Under increasing political and professional turmoil, he fled to Latvia in 1922. In Latvia, Karpovich worked at the Riga YMCA. In 1925, he traveled to the United States to research at Springfield College. While there, he enrolled as a special advanced student and earned a master’s degree in physical education. In 1927, while completing his studies, he became a professor of physiology at the college. In the late 1940s, he met and married his second wife, Josephine Rathbone, an acclaimed scholar of physical education and relaxation. From 1961 to 1969, he served as the director of the physiology research laboratory at Springfield College, where he published several seminal books. Karpovich was a founding member of the American College of Sports Medicine and a consultant to many government, private and educational organizations. He remains an internationally recognized pioneer in physical education.