Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Research

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  • The Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Research Laboratory is dedicated to the biomechanical investigation of movement and musculoskeletal disorders, interventions and adaptations. Located in the heart of the USC Health Sciences Campus, MBRL benefits from collaboration with the Departments of Orthopaedics, Neurology, Radiology, and Biomedical Engineering. This fosters an interdisciplinary approach to addressing a variety of research questions. Using state of the art technology, investigators are able to test hypotheses related to the kinematics, kinetics, and motor control strategies associated with both normal and pathological human movement. MBRL is also dedicated to the training and development of graduate-student researchers through education, experimental inquiry, team interaction, and mentorship.

    Research Focuses: 1) Biomechanical investigations of the root causes of musculoskeletal disorders and the assessment of the efficacy of selected interventions. 2) The biomechanical basis of functionally based exercises and principles governing their application in special populations, especially aging individuals. 3) Investigation related to the scientific and clinical basis of tissue morphology, biomechanics, physiology, and pathology as they relate to degenerative processes occurring in the musculoskeletal system, corresponding signs and symptoms, and resulting loss of function.