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Contact Details

Ramsey Center Room 103 330 River Road Athens, GA 30602
  • Phone: 706-542-4132

The research in the Biomechanics Lab is focused on reducing the incidence of athletic and fall-related injuries. The specific research areas include:

Athletic Performance

  • Injury prevention
  • Performance improvement
  • Head impacts
  • The association between concussion and lower extremity injury

Postural Control

  • Neuromuscular constraints on muscle coordination during postural balance
  • Oculomotor control of postural mechanisms

We work with a diverse research population that includes healthy young and older adults as well as athletes of all ages. Clinical populations of interest include individuals with chronic and acute lower extremity injuries, concussion, and neurodegenerative disorders. We partner with sports medicine practitioners, exercise physiologists, physicians, surgeons, engineers, and computer scientists.

Equipment

The Biomechanics Laboratory contains an eight-camera Qualisys Motion Capture System with two in-ground Bertec force plates. Additional equipment includes:

  • A 16-channel Delsys Trigno wireless electromyographic (muscle activity) system
  • A Head Impact Telemetry System and Triax Sim-G System for collecting head-impact biomechanics data
  • A Zeno Walkway for gait assessment
  • Several software packages (MATLAB, Visual 3D, SPSS, etc.) and other related equipment and software

The Biomechanics Laboratory is also located near several other Department of Kinesiology laboratories, allowing access to an array of equipment.

Student Involvement

Undergraduates from Kinesiology, Biology, Engineering and other departments are members of research teams in the Biomechanics Laboratory. Past students include CURO Fellows, Honors students, pre-allied health care majors, and others interested in biomechanics research. Undergraduate and Graduate students affiliated with the UGA Concussion Research Laboratory and the Sensorimotor Neuroscience Laboratory are actively involved in Biomechanics Laboratory research.