Our research primarily aims to understand the neuromuscular and biomechanical mechanisms that underlie healthy and diseased locomotor function. We develop new imaging technologies to assess muscle and tendon properties in vivo. We can then integrate these data into models and simulations in an effort to develop a theoretical framework for predicting motor function in healthy and diseased populations.

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We use ultrasound imaging which enables us to look ‘under the skin’ at the motor (ie: muscle) and the transmission system (ie: tendon) during movements where muscle-tendon behaviour is challenging to predict, for example during recovery from a fall or during robotically-assisted (ie: exoskeleton) locomotion.

     

Ultimately, our lab is interested in understanding the mechanisms of how muscles work in the body; how muscle-tendon properties and function adapt to external challenges such as size, age, and disease; and how wearable technologies or exoskeleton devices alter the function of musculoskeletal structures.

Neuromuscular Biomechanics Laboratory      Neuromuscular Biomechanics Laboratory      Neuromuscular Biomechanics Laboratory

Image: B-mode ultrasound of triceps surae muscle group (medial gastrocnemius and soleus during ankle plantarflexion movement)

Research keywords: Biomechanics; musculoskeletal; ultrasound; electromyography; neuromuscular; tendon