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The Biomechanics Laboratory (5,500 square feet) is equipped for investigating how human movement and body tissues are affected by mechanical physics and engineering principles. Biomechanics research in the lab focuses on:

  • Performance improvement
  • Injury prevention
  • Injury assessment as applied to joint implants and bracing of the lower extremity and spine
  • Sport-related concussion

We work with a diverse research population that includes varsity athletes of all ages, older adults, and special clinical populations such as individuals with prostheses, joint replacements, neurologic diseases, and joint instability. We partner with physicians, surgeons, engineers, biopsychologists and computer scientists.

Equipment

The Biomechanics Laboratory contains two motion measurement systems, three force platforms, electromyographic (muscle activity) instrumentation, a Head Impact Telemetry System for collecting head-impact biomechanics data, a NeuroCom balance testing system, a Zeno Walkway, several software packages (MatLab, Visual 3D, SPSS, etc.), and other equipment.

Contact Details

Ramsey Center Room 103
706-542-4132

Affiliated Faculty

Student Involvement

Undergraduates from Kinesiology, Biology, Engineering and other departments are members of research teams as volunteers and in for-credit opportunities. Past students include CURO Fellows, Honors students, pre-allied health care majors, and others interested in biomechanics research.

Research

Lower Extremity Joint Injury

  • Patellar tendinopathies and the effects of patellar tendon strapping
  • Cross-cultural adaptation of ankle instability questionnaires
  • Ankle ligament laxity and stiffness in chronic ankle instability
  • Diagnostic accuracy of instrumented and manual talar tilt tests in chronic ankle instability
  • Factors affecting lower extremity mechanics and injury during high-impact landings

Concussion

  • Location and severity of head impacts sustained by football players
  • Concussion evaluation and management
  • Readiness to return to driving following concussion
  • Functional movement following concussion
  • The association between concussion and musculoskeletal injury

Restoration of Physical Function and Performance

  • Spine motion in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis
  • Factors affecting restoration of function after knee or hip arthroplasty
  • Balance strategies used by highly skilled performers and clinical populations