Neuromuscular Control Lab


Research in the lab focuses on the mechanisms underlying the multijoint control of movement and posture in able-bodied individuals and in individuals with neuromotor pathologies. Specifically, we are interested in understanding the relative contributions of intrinsic muscle properties, limb geometry and neural activation in the control of whole limb function.
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Determining the biomechanical deficits in individuals with chronic ankle instability

The purpose of this research study is to better understand the stability of the ankle in healthy individuals who experience recurring ankle sprains and feelings of instability.

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Neural Biomechanical Ankle Clinical Trial

The purpose of this study is to understand how muscles control the ankle and how individuals respond to unexpected perturbations at the ankle in healthy adults.

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Quantifying the biomechanical and neural factors contributing to shoulder instability

The objective of this work is to quantify the passive and active contributions to shoulder stability in individuals with shoulder instability and asymptomatic shoulders.

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Selected Publications

Shear wave velocity is sensitive to changes in muscle stiffness that occur independently from changes in force.

Clinical assessments for many musculoskeletal disorders involve evaluation of muscle stiffness, although it is not yet possible to obtain quantitative estimates from individual muscles. Ultrasound elastography can be used to estimate the material properties of unstressed, homogeneous, and isotropic materials by tracking the speed of shear wave propagation; these waves propagate faster in stiffer materials. Although elastography has been applied to skeletal muscle, there is little evidence that…

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Leveraging Joint Mechanics Simplifies the Neural Control of Movement.

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Estimating the dimensionality of the manifold underlying multi-electrode neural recordings.

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