Summary: Research at Boise State University’s Center for Orthopaedic and Biomechanics Research (COBR) focuses on quantifying the neuromechanical – both biomechanical and neuromuscular – characteristics of human movement. Our research questions address understanding the mechanisms that lead to acute joint injury and long-term disability, and designing interventions to minimize these important clinical issues and maximize human – including athlete and soldier – performance. We gather experimental human movement data and conduct interdisciplinary collaborations with athletes, clinicians, and engineers to meet our research goals.

Minimum classes: N/A

Projects: The COBR Laboratory utilizes state-of-the-art methodologies to quantify human movement. Students will learn how to conduct a 3D biomechanical analysis of movement using motion capture, inertial measurement units, and force platform technologies, and a neuromuscular analysis of movement using electromygraphy, isokinetic dynamometer, and ultrasound technologies. Our current projects focus on determining the neuromechanical characterstics of human movement with torso borne mass (such as equipment donned by a soldier or the excess mass borne by overweight and obese individuals) necessary to improve their physical ability and reduce their risk of injury. Going forward our efforts will focus on the real-time quantification of human movement, and the integrate modeling and simulation techniques to assess the impact of movement on an individual’s musculoskeletal system.

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