The Biomechanics Lab research focuses on reducing the incidence of athletic 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
We work with a diverse research population that includes healthy young and older adults and athletes of all ages. Clinical populations of interest include individuals with chronic and acute lower extremity injuries and concussions. We partner with sports medicine practitioners, exercise physiologists, physicians, surgeons, engineers, and computer scientists.
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.