The Interdisciplinary Movement Science Lab is fully equipped to measure human movement in both the laboratory and community settings:
An 8-camera Vicon Motion Analysis System and 2 Bertec force platforms embedded in a 12 m walkway provide kinetic and kinematic measures of human gait and other functional movements such as sitting, squatting, reaching, and jumping. Quantitative biomechanical models specific to the desired application can be developed using Vicon and Matlab analysis software.
Two 8-channel Delsys monitors provide electromyographic (EMG) measures of muscle activation. EMG data can be collected using telemetry or datalogger methods to facilitate wireless monitoring of muscle activity in the laboratory or community settings. Delsys monitors can also be used to collect other physiologic measures of physical activity including heart rate, respiration, limb acceleration, and step counts.
A Kincom isokinetic dynamometer provides force, velocity, and acceleration measures of single-plane dynamic limb movements. A variety of joints can be assessed including the shoulder, elbow, knee, and ankle. Custom equipment for the assessment of spine kinetics is also available.
A variety of clinical rehabilitation equipment including a treadmill, upper extremity ergometer, stationary bicycle, and exercise plinths are available for clinical research.
IMSL equipment and resources are available to School of Medicine faculty and students on a fee for service basis. IMSL services include:
- Consultation regarding experimental design and analysis for human movement studies
- Review of proposals using IMSL resources
- Assistance with preparation of IMSL aspects of COMIRB protocols
- Training in the use of IMSL equipment
- Scheduled use of IMSL facilities and equipment
- Assistance with data collection and analysis
To request the support of IMSL resources, submit an IMSL Project Use Application to firstname.lastname@example.org. The application will be reviewed by the IMSL Steering Committee, and fees will be negotiated with the PI according to individual project needs.
The IMSL is a shared resource supported by grant funds from affiliated investigators. Limited support is available for pilot research projects that are not currently funded. It is expected that any pilot data collected with IMSL support will be used to apply for grant funding to support the continued use of IMSL resources after the pilot period has ended.
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For more information about the application and review process please see the IMSL Application Process