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​MOVE Lab

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The MOVE Laboratory uses a multifaceted approach to evaluate intervention strategies designed to enhance the effectiveness of rehabilitation in older adult patient populations. Research ranges from understanding the mechanisms of skeletal muscle dysfunction to studies of implementation of best rehabilitation practices in post-acute care settings. More specifically, research includes the evaluation of mechanisms of quadriceps dysfunction, interventions to optimize care for join arthroplasty, pragmatic trials in medically complex patient populations, and health services research to understanding how rehabilitation services impact hospitalization rates and functional performance. One additional area of research emphasis is the development and refinement of more intensive and progressive stragetegies for the rehabilitation of older adult populations.



Scientific T​ools and Equipment Available to the Muscle Performance Laboratory:

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  • 3 electromechanical electromechanical dynamometers to test lower extremity muscle strength (HUMAC NORM and KinCom)
  • Neurophysiological instrumentation for nerve and muscle stimuation procedures

  • 2 electromyography (EMG) systems

  • Transcranial magnetic st​​imulation

  • Dual energy X-ray absorptiometry system

  • Peripheral quantitative computed tomography (pQCT) system                               

  • Triaxial accelerometers and physical activity monitors

  • Exercise Research Laboratory (ERL): fully equipped with resistance and endurance training equipment for supervised exercise sessions. Pressure insole monitors that quantify foot plantar forces​​

 

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