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Biomechanics Equipment

Biomechanics skeleton

The Biomechanics & Human Movement Science Laboratory is a state of the art facility equipped with high speed motion capture system, ground reaction force plates, electromyography system, photocells, strain gauges force transducers and the latest computer software packages to analyze biomechanics data. Below is a description of the equipment used in the Biomechanics & Human Movement Science Laboratory.

2 Advanced Mechanical Technology Inc (AMTI) Ground Reaction Force Plates:

The ground reaction force plates are used to measure the force applied by a person onto the ground while performing several different movements. These movements include walking, running, jumping, cutting, ascending or descending steps, standing up, sitting down etc. The collection of ground reaction forces during these types of movements allows for the quantification of several biomechanical variables. When collected in conjunction with human movement data (kinematics), forces and moments can be calculated at the ankle, knee and hip joints. 

Qualisys Motion Capture System (8 Oqus 300 High Speed Cameras): 

This high-speed motion capture system is used to capture human movement in a variety of situations to evaluate the effectiveness of the movement. With the Qualisys system we perform both running and walking gait analysis to improve performance and/or reduce injury. Furthermore, we combine movement data with ground reaction forces and muscle activation (EMG) to estimate joint contact forces, resultant joint moments, and to examine the coordination of muscle activations as the movements occur. We have compared clinical populations to healthy populations in an effort to determine difference research aimed at addressing these differences aid in the development of rehabilitation programs and/or improvement in movement technique.

Delsys Trigno wireless EMG system (16 sensors):

This surface EMG system is used to evaluate both patterns and intensities of muscle activations of up to 16 different muscles of the body during many different types of movements. In our lab we have examined EMG activity to evaluate changes in muscle activation pre and post training interventions, to compare intensity of muscle activation across different types of exercises, and to examine the muscle onset latency in patients with multiple sclerosis.

C-Motion Visual3D software:

This software gives the Biomechanics Lab the capability to collect, integrate, and process biomechanical data including ground reaction forces, motion capture data, accelerometry and muscle activation during various human movements. This software package also allows the user to create models, process signals and produce reports of biomechanical data. Additionally, the software has the capability to provide real-time feedback of any of the data mentioned above. 

In addition to the equipment above, the lab itself also houses the following equipment:

  • Desktop and laptop computers, iPads
  • Desktop printers
  • Computer software including Matlab, LabVIEW, and SPSS, EMGworks, Motion Monitor, Qualisys Track Manager
  • Exam tables
  • Vertec vertical jump tester
  • Strain gauge force transducer

Individuals in this lab also have access to Biodex Dynamometer, a mobile DXA unit, a BodPod and a Parvo Medics Metabolic Cart.