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About the Neuromechanics Lab

The Neuromechanics Laboratory perform interdisciplinary research involving neuromuscular control and biomechanics. The overall goal of these efforts is to develop improved intervention strategies for musculoskeletal injury prevention and rehabilitation. Research in the Neuromechanics lab and coursework (EXSC 417 & 727) address basic and applied questions relating to neuromuscular control deficits using a combination of approaches involving kinetic, kinematic, and electromyographic analyses. The Neuromechanics Lab contains: a 10-camera three-dimensional motion capture system (Vicon Vantage), force platforms (Bertec), a wireless electromyography system (Delsys Trigno), dynamometers (HUMAC NORM & hand held), and office space/computers for graduate students. Researchers and students in the Neuromechanics Laboratory often collaborate with faculty in the ODU School of Physical Therapy & Athletic Training, ODU Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and other biomechanists across the United States.


Inside the lab

The Neuromechanics Laboratory provides comprehensive support for kinetic, kinematic, and muscular analyses under many different human motor performance contexts.

Inside Neuromechanics Lab
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Neuromechanics Dynamometer
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Student Involvement & Research

To achieve these goals researchers in the Neuromechanics Laboratory often collaborate with faculty in the ODU School of Physical Therapy & Athletic Training, ODU Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Virginia Modeling, Analysis, and Simulation Center (VMASC).

Undergraduate Involvement

Neuromechanics Dynamometer Demo

Students in the undergraduate biomechanics course (EXSC 417) learn the mechanics of human movement and how to utilize all of the biomechanics research equipment in the lab. Topics covered during laboratory section meetings include: 2D and 3D motion capture, anthropometrics, dynamometry, kinetics, linear and angular dynamics, and electromyography.

Undergraduate students may also enroll in independent study hours to assist with ongoing faculty research in the Neuromechanics Lab.

Graduate Involvement

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Graduate students in Human Movement Sciences take graduate coursework in biomechanics (EXSC 727 & 827), where students learn advanced topics in biomechanics, design research topics, perform data collections utilizing all of the Neuromechanics lab equipment, and analyze/interpret data. Graduate students may also perform Thesis, Dissertation, or independent studies on various topics in biomechanics.

Lab Research

Neuromechanics Lab equipment

Current faculty and graduate student research projects in the Neuromechanics Lab include: comparisons of hip joint center prediction methods, efficiency of running in males and females, knee alignment and landing biomechanics in female athletes, effects of velocity based weight training, utilizing tensiomyography to determine muscle fatigue, and musculoskeletal simulations of back squat mechanics.

Collaborators:

Stacie Ringleb, Ph.D. (Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering:

Steve Morrison, Ph.D. and Daniel Russel, Ph.D. in the Center for Brain Research and Rehabilitation (School of PT/AT)

Justin Haegele, Ph.D. (Adapted Physical Education)