Our Human Performance Laboratory features state-of-the-art facilities and equipment dedicated to the support of research and instruction in a broad range of areas, including biomechanics, bone health, cardiovascular physiology, clinical exercise physiology, gait analysis, motor control, motor development, motor unit function, neuromuscular function, and sports medicine. The following highlights the work of our research groups, with more detailed information on personnel, projects, and facilities available on each lab’s individual web page.
Athletic Training Research Laboratory
A variety of testing models and instrument/software platforms are used to advance this research agenda, including the study of chronic ankle instability, the role of fatigue with injuries, the neuropsychological effects of purposeful heading in soccer, and neurocognitive and biomechanical factors related to non-contact injuries.
Research in this lab focuses on a broad range of topics in biomechanics, including gait mechanics, figure skating simulation software, biomechanical analysis of sport, clinical applications of biomechanics, rehabilitation biomechanics, pediatric obesity, and community-based activity programs.
Cardiovascular Research Laboratory
The focus of work in this lab is on examining blood pressure regulation and autonomic nervous system function in humans.
Computational Physiology Laboratory
Current work in this lab is aimed at developing and testing mathematical models that will allow improved estimation of cardiovascular properties from noninvasive measurements such as tonometry and ultrasonic measurement of blood flow.
Developmental Motor Control Laboratory
Research in this lab follows two tracks: (1) the behavioral aspects of motor control and coordination in children with a variety of disabilities and (2) the relationships among obesity, motor proficiency, physical activity, health-related fitness, and perceived motor competency during early childhood.
Motor Control Laboratory
Our research is focused on (1) the hand function as seen through force coordination of various manipulation tasks and (2) the evaluation of neuromuscular function and movement performance through novel muscle strength and power tests.
Musculoskeletal Physiology Laboratory
Research in this lab focuses on (1) understanding the mechanical signals and nutrients that optimize growth and development of the musculoskeletal system and (2) the development and application of techniques that enable a detailed assessment of musculoskeletal health in humans.
The research focus of our lab is the neural control of movement and how neurophysiological substrates are affected by normal aging, movement disorders, physical activity and exercise, with much of the work looking at control mechanisms at the level of the individual motor unit.
Vascular Physiology Laboratory
Researchers in the Vascular Physiology Lab study vascular function and dysfunction in healthy and diseased states, using a variety of techniques to examine macro- and microvascular function as well arterial stiffness in humans and animal models.