Our laboratory is a full gait analysis facility specifically designed to conduct locomotion studies related to postural control but also capable of capturing small finger movements involved in typing. Three dimensional motions and foot forces as well
as electromyographic data can be collected during walking or other daily tasks including activities such as stopping, turning, multitasking, etc. Our eight meter vinyl tile walkway is instrumented with an 14-camera Vicon motion capture system,
2 Bertec force plates, digital camcorders and an overhead harness safety system. Also, we are equipped with a 16 channel Noraxon electromyography system, a 64 channel Delsys electromyography and accelerometer system, a Biodex strength machine,
a Biolog heart rate and skin conductance monitor. The motion data is collected and synchronized with ground reaction forces sampled and other biomechanical data. Thus, this system allows the collection of all gait variables required to provide
a complete description of whole body biomechanics. Motion capture is possible on our level walkway, uneven walkway, ramp, uneven ramp, or stairs. We are also able elicit perturbations of slips, stumbles, and trips on the uneven walkway.