Locomotion Research GroupDepartment of KinesiologyUniversity of Massachusetts30 Eastman LaneAmherst, MA 01003-9258Phone: 413-545-1436Fax: 413-545-2906
Motion CaptureAn eleven-camera system is used to track the motion of reflective markers placed over the segments and joints of interest. This provides a complete time-history of the motion of the major body segments.
Force MeasurementForce plates are used to measure the forces generated between the subject and the ground. Together with motion data, this allows us to compute the internal forces and moments acting on the body.
ElectromyographyMuscle activation timing and amplitude are monitored using small electrodes placed on the skin over the muscles. This gives additional insight as to how muscles are contributing to a movement.
Energy ExpenditureMetabolic energy consumption is estimated non-invasively from measurements of oxygen consumption and carbon dioxide production.
Magnetic Resonance & UltrasoundThe structure and function of the musculoskeletal system is determined on living subjects using a combination of magnetic resonance imaging, magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and ultrasound.
Modeling and SimulationDynamic models of the musculoskeletal system are created and analyzed using a combination of software tools including OpenSim, SIMM and Autolev.