Biomechanical methods are used in our rehabilitation research to quantify movement.
Of particular interest are movement dysfunction in an uninjured healthy person that may lead to injury, as well as those dysfunctions that result after injury or impede optimal clinical outcomes during rehabilitation, and movement dysfunction in persons with neurological disorders such as stroke, spinal cord injury or Parkinson’s Disease.
In addition to quantifying movement, biomechanical methods contribute to a comprehensive approach to understanding the effect of rehabilitation interventions. Both lower extremity and upper extremity movement are studied in laboratory settings that contain force platforms, motion capture systems and electromyography. Target populations include patients with neurological or musculoskeletal disorders and uninjured recreational and competitive athletes.