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Applied Biomechanics Laboratory

Welcome to the Applied Biomechanics Laboratory at Idaho State University. The lab is an interdisciplinary research and teaching facility with a mission of using novel technologies to study biomechanics of human movement.

Our Mission

1) Understand the mechanism of musculoskeletal injuries
2) Support the development of injury prevention and rehabilitation strategies
3) Educate and train students in the performance of high-quality research methods and

What to Expect

In the Applied Biomechanics Laboratory at Idaho State University, students gain hands-on experience through classes (PE 3302: Biomechanics and PE 4482: Mechanical Analysis of Human Movement) or internships. In the classes, students learn how to examine and analyze a variety of human movements. These classes offer hands-on experience for students allowing them to apply the knowledge they’ve gained to real-world situations. The students in PE 4482 get the chance to create and present projects during HPSS Research Day. Through internships, students gain a variety of research experiences: experimental protocol design, participant recruitment and screening, data collection, and data analysis.

To assess human movement, we use

  • Delsys Trigngo EMG system for understanding muscular activity
  • Bertec Force Platform for balance and jumping analysis
  • 2D motion analysis for understanding the factors and predictors of musculoskeletal injuries
  • Matlab and SPSS for data analysis