The UW Neuromuscular Biomechanics Laboratory conducts research on the biomechanics and neuromuscular coordination of human movement, with applications in orthopedics and rehabilitation. Our experimental facilities include capabilities to record three dimensional kinematics, kinetics and dynamic images during movement. Computer simulations are used to characterize musculotendon dynamics, estimate internal loadings and test principles guiding movement control. The overall goal of the research is to establish a scientific basis for the clinical treatment and prevention of impairments that limit locomotor performance.

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Recent Lab News
August 2015
The lab had a great showing at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics!

Jarred Kaiser won the Clinical Biomechanics Award for his study "MRI Assessments of Cartilage Mechanics, Morphology and Composition Following ACL-Reconstruction Surgery."

Rachel Lenhart won the Young Scientist Pre-Doctoral Award for her work on "Simulating the Effects of Crouch Gait Surgeries on Knee Mechanics."

Former Post-doc Jason Franz won the Young Scientist Post-Doctoral Award for his presentation on "Achilles Tendon Deformations and the Age-Related Reduction in Plantarflexor Performance during Walking."

Carrie Francis, Mike Vignos, Colin Smith, and Kristen Rasske also presented their research at the conference. Great job everyone!

July 2015
Congratulations to Colin Smith who attended the International Symposium on Computer Simulation in Biomechanics in Edingburgh, Scotland and won the Andrzej Komor New Investigator Award. Colin presented his work titled "A Variable Cartilage Property Formulation of the Elastic Foundation Model to Predict Contact Pressures during Walking."

June 2015
Dr. Darryl Thelen and Colin Smith attended the Summer Biomechanics, Bioengineering, and Biotransport Conference in Snowbird, Utah. Colin presented his work on "The Influence of Cartilage Morphology and Elasticity on TibioFemoral Contact Pressures During Walking."

June 2015
Dr. Darryl Thelen was recently named a Harvey D. Spangler Professor in the College of Engineering. Darryl was one of three professors in the College to be named to this chaired position. Congrats Dr. Thelen!
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Email to: Darryl Thelen Last Updated: 8/7/2015