Falls and Mobility Laboratory

The long-term goal of our research is to reduce the incidence of falls, lessen the severity of fall injury, and enable physical activity in patient populations.

We employ clinical and biomechanical analyses of mobility and balance, including tests of reactive postural control. These analyses determine the underlying mechanisms of impaired balance, and they guide exercise interventions that specifically target these mechanisms. We have applied our research framework to older adults, individuals with chronic stroke, children with cerebral palsy, and people living with lower extremity amputations.

In addition, we seek to develop new biomechanical and clinical measures of stability and performance. Our basic research is focused on how the body maintains stability, the results of which inform our applied studies.

Director: Jeremy Crenshaw, Ph.D.