Locomotor Rehabilitation Lab

The Locomotor Rehabilitation Laboratory (LRL) is a state-of-the-art treatment laboratory, designed to offer a full range of locomotor interventions for those with impaired walking secondary to neurologic injury. The LRL is an 811 square foot laboratory located on the second floor of the College of Health Professions Research Building, Room C-213. The laboratory houses a ZeroG mobile body weight support system (only the 6th one installed nationally) designed to create a permissive environment for retraining walking ability not only over a treadmill, but also over level ground and environmental obstacles. Research participants will have access to a Woodway split-belt treadmill, a Precor elliptical trainer, and a Shuttle System lower extremity exercise machine for training cardiovascular endurance as well as lower extremity strength and power.

The research will focus on a multi-faceted approach to locomotor recovery after neurological injury, initially targeting stroke and spinal cord injury. The overall goal is to understand and improve clinical decision making relative to locomotor interventions. Toward that end, experiments in the laboratory will focus on: 1) Designing future interventions/combinations of therapies in response to improved understanding of underlying factors related to impaired walking; 2) Investigating walking specific adaptations of locomotor control and the potential for motor learning; 3) Translating biomechanical laboratory findings into non-laboratory assessments and clinical intervention.

Equipment

In Place:

  • Zero-G body weight support system
  • Shuttle Pro Jump Trainer
  • Step Activity Monitor
  • GaitRITE Platinum and M-square
  • Precor Elliptical
  • Woodway TM
  • Cosmed metabolic cart
  • 3 Monarch cycle ergometers
  • Inertial measurement units

To be purchased:

  • Motion Lab Systems, Inc. 28 channel EMG system
  • Phase Space Motion Capture System

Current studies

Chris Gregory, PhD, PT

Chris Gregory, PhD, PT   

  • Skeletal muscle properties and the metabolic cost of walking post-stroke (VA RR&D CDA-2)
  • Development of a rehabilitation research program to study the biomechanics of walking following incomplete spinal cord injury (SC-SCRF)
  • Lower Extremity Power and Locomotor Function after Stroke (American Heart Association)
Mark Bowden, PhD, PT

Mark Bowden, PhD, PT   

  • Evaluation of walking specific motor learning in chronic stroke (VA RR&D CDA1)
  • Task-specific propulsion training after neurological injury (NIH - R24)
  • Propulsive Training in Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury (SC-SCIRF)
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