USC Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy Laboratories

The USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy is home to 15 research laboratories, spanning five different research areas.

Applied Mathematical Physiology Laboratory

The Applied Mathematical Physiology Laboratory performs basic science and translational research focused on the neural mechanisms for muscle activation, engineering of non-invasive systems to study human motor function and neuromuscular chronic pain disorders. Learn more about the Applied Mathematical Physiology Laboratory.

Brain-Body Dynamics Laboratory

The Brain-Body Dynamics Laboratory is dedicated to understanding the biomechanics, neuromuscular control and clinical rehabilitation of human mobility, with an emphasis on dexterous hand function. Learn more about the Brain-Body Dynamics Laboratory.

Clinical Biomechanics Orthopedic Outcomes Laboratory

The Clinical Biomechanics Orthopedic Outcomes Laboratory aims to better understand the biomechanics and control of shoulder movement to optimize shoulder performance and enable the diagnosis, rehabilitation and treatment outcomes for patients with shoulder disorders. Learn more about the Clinical Biomechanics Orthopedic Outcomes Laboratory.

Clinical Exercise Research Center

The mission of the Clinical Exercise Research Center is to promote health and rehabilitation using exercise as a stimulus to elucidate the mechanisms and define adjunctive therapy by which people will optimally adapt, heal and overcome debilitating disease or injury. Learn more about the Clinical Exercise Research Center.

Computational Neuro-Rehabilitation Laboratory

The Computational Neuro-Rehabilitation Laboratory aims to understand and enhance motor learning, especially after a stroke. The lab focuses on computational models of motor learning and neural plasticity in healthy and lesioned brains and optimization of learning via adaptive practice schedules in healthy and stroke subjects. Learn more about the Computational Neuro-Rehabilitation Laboratory.

Development of Infant Motor Performance Laboratory

The Development of Infant Motor Performance Laboratory is dedicated to the study of the development of human action during infancy and early childhood, and to the early identification and rehabilitation of infants at risk for neurodevelopmental disabilities. Learn more about the Development of Infant Motor Performance Laboratory.

Human Performance Laboratory

The Human Performance Laboratory (HPL) is dedicated to the investigation of typical and impaired mechanics as they pertain to safe and optimal participation in sports and physical activities. Our research focuses on prevention and rehabilitation of knee injuries in active individuals. Learn more about the Human Performance Laboratory.

Infant Neuromotor Control Laboratory

The Infant Neuromotor Control Laboratory studies the development of neural control of movement during infancy and evaluates interventions for neural and functional development in infants with or at risk for developmental disabilities. Learn more about the Infant Neuromotor Control Laboratory.

Institute for Senior Golf Science

The Institute for Senior Golf Science’s mission is to develop evidence-based, safe, and effective golf training programs for seniors in order to expand golf participation among older adults and under-represented groups—for example, veterans and persons with disability. Learn more about the Institute for Senior Golf Science.

Locomotor Control Laboratory

The Locomotor Control Laboratory seeks to understand how walking is controlled and adapted in both the healthy and injured neuromuscular system. Ultimately, the goal of their work is to design novel and effective interventions to improve walking ability in individuals with damage to the nervous system. Learn more about the Locomotor Control Laboratory.

Motor Behavior and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory

The Motor Behavior and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory is an interdisciplinary research initiative focused on understanding control, rehabilitation and recovery of goal-directed movements that emerge from a dynamic brain-behavior system in brain-damaged conditions. Learn more about the Motor Behavior and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory.

Motor Development Lab

The Motor Development Lab investigates the development of motor control and coordination in infants and young children with and without disabilities as well as the impact of physical therapy treatment on motor and cognitive development. Learn more about the Motor Development Lab.

Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Research Laboratory

The Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Research Laboratory is dedicated to the biomechanical investigation of movement and musculoskeletal disorders, interventions and adaptations. Learn more about the Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Research Laboratory.

Neural Plasticity and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory

The overall mission of the Neural Plasticity and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory is to enhance neural plasticity in a wide population of individuals in order to improve their quality of life and engagement in meaningful activities. Learn more about the Neural Plasticity and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory.

Neuroplasticity and Imaging Laboratory

The Neuroplasticity and Imaging Laboratory aims to investigate brain-behavior relationships during motor skill learning and motor control in both non-disabled and brain-injured individuals using Transcranial magnetic stimulation. Learn more about the Neuroplasticity and Imaging Laboratory.