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
September 2015
Carrie Francis presented a poster "Keeping our Balance: Aging, Attention, and the Importance of Visual Feedback" at the UW-Madison Institute on Aging's 27th Annual Colloquium

September 2015
Colin Smith, Mike Vignos and Jack Martin presented at the Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering 2015 conference in Montreal, Canada.

Colin won first place in the McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health Trainee competition for his presentation "The Effect of Ligament Properties on Tibiofemoral Kinematics and Contact Pressure during Gait"!

Mike presented his work on an "Automated Method for Discretizing Ligaments in Musculoskeletal Simulation Models".

Jack presented his study titled "Tendon Shear Wave Speed is Dependent on Tissue Elasticity and Axial Stress".

Colin and Mike also presented "Enhanced Static Optimization: A Simulation Framework for Predicting Knee Mechanics during Movement" at the 3rd International Workshop on Biomechanical and Parametric Modeling of Human Anatomy (PMHA) premeeting to CMBBE.

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 Edinburgh, 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