Educates students on the methods used in biomechanics research and provides resources for conducting exceptional biomechanics research. Students discover knowledge that pertains to the performance and rehabilitation of the musculoskeletal system and develop evidence-based practices relating to injury prevention as well as the rehabilitation of movement and postural dysfunctions in persons with disability.
This facility contains the Bod Pod air displacement plethysmography system, hydrostatic weighing tank, RJL Quantum II bioelectrical impedance analyzer, Omron HBF-500 full body analyzer, Omron HBF-306 hand-held BIA machines, Lange skinfold calipers, Harpenden skinfold caliper, anthropometers, and wall mounted stadiometer. Provides research opportunities to conduct body composition determination through the use of skin folds, bioelectrical impedance, hydrostatic weighing and body plethysmography.
Numerous treadmills, cycle ergometers, elliptical trainers and select resistance exercise equipment provide a diverse exercise mode selection. Lactate analysis through fingertip sampling plus hypoxia simulation using an oxygen extraction system allows for monitoring simulated high altitude environments. Measurement of energy expenditure through the ParvoMedics True 2400 metabolic cart along with heart rate and blood pressure monitoring during rest and exercise.
The Neuromechanics Lab investigates the neural control of movement and its relationship with the mechanics of the human body. Our aim is to understand better, how sensory information is used to guide our actions through the use of sensory probes, electrophysiological recording devices and psychophysics.
The Neuromuscular Research Lab is focused on the physiological- and performance-based aspects of neuromuscular function ranging from the characteristics of neuromuscular fatigue to adaptations and beneficial responses of strength training.
The Perception-Action lab is focused on how higher brain processes adapt our movements in complex, choice-demanding environments. Specifically, this lab studies how sophisticated brain processes prevent us from falling in the cluttered environments we face everyday. To accomplish this, techniques such as transcranial magnetic stimulation and electroencephalography are used to measures brain processes related to reactive balance control.
Research of rhythmic timing, planning of grasping for object manipulation and joint-action, continuous sensory-motor coupling, and how movements are planned and controlled differently. Our six camera Vicon motion capture system captures movement in three dimensions, and two ASL eye trackers examine eye movement while participants track moving objects through space or walk through the environment.