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
March 2015 Jack Martin and Mike Vignos were both awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships. Congrats Jack and Mike!
March 2015 Dr. Thelen, Colin Smith, and Jarred Kaiser attended the Orthopedic Research Society conference in Las Vegas. Colin presented his work on the modeling of cartilage thickness, and Jarred presented his work on altered knee mechanics in ACL reconstructed patients.
March 2015 Colin Smith, Rachel Lenhart, and Mike Vignos attended an OpenSim Advanced User Workshop at Stanford University. They began work on their project titled 'Simultaneous Prediction of Knee Ligament Loads, Muscle Forces, and Cartilage Contact Pressure during Movement.'
Congratulations to Rachel Lenhart for being awarded the Dr. Kevin Granata Young Investigator Award and the Best Podium Award at the recent meeting of the Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society in Portland, Oregon. Her work was titled "Influence of patella alta and crouch on patellofemoral cartilage contact pressure."