The Nancy W. Knowles Strength + Endurance Lab spans two floors in the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (19-20), which are connected by a therapeutic, practical and graceful flight of stairs. In this Lab patients, doctors and researchers work on the integration and processes related to how nerves and muscles function individually, as well as on how they interact with the skeletal system according to the neural signals coming from the brain and spinal cord. Applied expertise in this Lab provides the foundation for the structural, kinematic and dynamic evaluation of how patients move. The Strength + Endurance Lab has a strong biological, neural engineering and physiotherapeutic basis. Clinical trials and human-subject research focus on the facilitation of patients’ neurologic, muscle, bone and joint repair and recovery.
State-of-the-art research methods and approaches in the Strength + Endurance Lab include experimental electromyography, movement analysis, kinetic analysis, biomechanics, sensor technologies, brain and/or other imaging, brain physiology, musculoskeletal physiology, experimental biologics, experimental pharmacotherapeutics, and emerging technologies and use of smart devices.