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Human Locomotion & Movement Performance

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Director

Susan Harkema, Ph.D.

Susan Harkema, Ph.D.

Co-Director

David Rouffet, Ph.D.

David Rouffet, Ph.D.

Manager

Manpreet Chopra

Personnel

Nicole Knapp
Ben Andrews
Nadia Chaudhry

C.O.R.E.

Comprehensive

The Human Locomotion and Movement Performance Core provides the necessary diagnostic resources to serve as a comprehensive center for individuals with paralysis and movement disorders. Our program provides high-quality assessments for essential areas of gait and movement function that are profoundly affected by spinal cord injuries. With our collaborative team approach and experts in physiology and exercise physiology, biomechanics, neurourology, neurosurgery, and rehabilitative services, we aim to provide the optimal clinical care for our research participants.

Objective

Using our core laboratory equipment, we are able to obtain objective measurements of Human Locomotion and Movement Performance functions that are essential in helping us better understand and improve dysfunction in these areas.

Assessments

  • Motor Activity (Electromyography) with kinematics and force- We will test the activity of your muscles while participants are stepping; standing; supine or sitting. We may stand and/or step participants on a treadmill, while wearing a harness that is attached to an overhead suspension device that will give body weight support, or overground while placed in a standing frame or with an assistive walking device. Trainers will provide assistance as needed. Devices taped to the skin will record the electrical activity of muscles and the position of limbs. Devices taped to the participants skin and surrounding the fingers and chest might be used to record temperature, blood pressure and respiration. We may repeat this test with stimulation following epidural stimulator implant surgery. These experiments will last from 2-3 hours.

Research-driven

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