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Physical Performance Testing and Training Core Laboratory


Directed by Lynne Hughes, PhD, PT, OCS, MTC | Biography
Location: 2.258 SHP/SON

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The Physical Performance Testing and Training Core Lab provides opportunities for clinical researchers to assess and measure physical activity, recovery, and rehabilitation for individuals with various impairments due to disease or injury. The core lab is utilized by faculty interested in understanding and measuring movement performance in order to better structure rehabilitation paradigms and assist with recovery efforts.

Equipment & Testing

Metabolic Testing and Carts
Measures the body's metabolism by assessing the amount of heat the body is using while at rest.

Body Weight Supported Treadmill System
Helps to retrain individuals on how to walk again through the use of a harness system.

GAITRite Walkway
Measures temporal and spatial gait parameters; Contains pressure-activated sensors used for data retrieval during overground locomotion.

Kistler Force Platform
Obtains gait and motion performance analysis; Provides information on torque and forces involved in movement.

Upper Extremity Efforts
Utilizes unique marker placement and measurement approaches to investigate unilateral and bilateral coordination and movement quality of the arms and hands.

Biopac Portable Goniometers and Foot Switches
Provides simultaneous measurements of two rotational axes of an upper or lower extremity joint; Foot switches assess gait parameters over longer distances during overground locomotion.

Six Camera Innovation Motion Capture System
Used to digitally record a 3D image of human motion or kinematics in upper or lower extremity body segment.

Select Research Projects

  • Gait and balance in patients with Parkinson's, stroke and other neurological conditions
  • Gait outcomes for children with Cerebral Palsy
  • Feasibility of a post-hospitalization PT intervention in patients with pneumonia
  • Initiating gait with the non-paretic limb affects walking performance in people with hemiparesis
  • Mechanisms of recovery and optimal treatment approach for individuals with moderate to severe upper extremity motor deficits following stroke
  • Motor impairment due to neurologic injury or disease
  • Interlimb movement quality through kinematic analysis and the impact of hippotherapy on improving functional ability in individuals living with multiple sclerosis
  • Motor learning, control, and recovery in individuals with stroke, traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury.
  • Training and testing cardiorespiratory fitness in persons with chronic disabilities