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Our Research Programs

Aging Muscle and Rehabilitation Laboratory

The Aging and Rehabilitation Laboratory is interested in identifying the cellular mechanisms of skeletal muscle atrophy/regrowth and metabolic dysfunction with aging and the interaction of physical inactivity and exercise. We also have a keen interest in identifying novel, mechanistically-based therapeutic strategies to improve aging muscle size and function. 

Micah J. Drummond PhD

Clinical Outcomes Research

The Clinical Outcomes Research in Physical Therapy is lead by Julie M. Fritz, PT, PhD, ATC with projects in management of patients with low back pain and patients with neck pain.

Julie M. Fritz, PT, PhD, ATC

Motion Analysis Core

A research facility focused on the study of the coordination of movement and postural control in health, aging, and disease. Research is conducted using state of the art measurement techniques including kinetic, kinematics, electromyography, and full motion fluoroscopy.

Bo Foreman, PhD

Skeletal Muscle Exercise Research Facility

The SMERF is focused on muscle, movement and human performance; specifically how muscles adapt and how these changes help or hinder human function in daily life and across the lifespan, following injury or disease, and in sport.

Micah J. Drummond, PhD

Sports Medicine Research Lab

The Sports Medicine Research Lab is located within the 6,000 square foot College of Health Research Complex. This newly renovated, multi-laboratory space houses the necessary equipment to quantify biomechanical movement, isokinetic strength, aerobic capacity, and more. The lab's current agenda will focus on research within movement patterns and muscle function in individuals following musculoskeletal injuries and the investigation of novel modalities to advance sport medicine treatments.

Justin Rigby, PhD, ATC

Stephan Bodkin, PhD, ATC