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The mission of the Human Movement & Balance Laboratory (HMBL) is fall and musculoskeletal injury prevention in healthy and clinical young/elderly adult populations. We achieve these goals by gaining a thorough understanding of the biomechanical and postural control principles that govern human movement, balance during standing/walking, and performance of occupational tasks. A multidisciplinary group of researchers including biomechanical engineers, physicians (geriatricians, neurologists and psychiatrists), and physical/occupational therapists work in close collaboration to achieve our research goals. HMBL is a state of the art space designed and equipped to analyze the dynamics of human motion. Current research projects include a wide range of experimental studies examining fall prevention following external disturbances such as slipping or tripping, prosthetics, ergonomic-related research, cognitive research and imaging applications in various population types. In conjunction with experimental studies, biomechanical computer modeling is used to gain a greater understanding of the impact of environmental and human factors on the risk of falls and injury.

Current News...


  • Kurt Beschorner has been promoted to Associate Professor, effective 9/1/2017.
  • The following contract and grant have recently been awarded:

    • NIOSH Contract #200-2017-M-93993 (PI: Beschorner), Develop Design Specifications for Apparatus to Slip Test Boots, 8/1/2017-7/31/2018
    • NIH 1 R21 HD079254 (PI: Cham/Iverson), Role of Attention in Balance and Mobility in Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • The following manuscripts have recently been published:


    • Redfern MS, Chambers AJ, Jennings JR, Furman JM, 2017, Sensory and motoric influences on attention dynamics during standing balance recovery in young and older adults, Experimental Brain Research 235(8), 2523-2531.
    • Nadkarni N, Oscar L, Subashan P, Studenski S, Snitz B, Ericksen K, Mathis C, Nebes R, Redfern MS, Klunk W, 2017, Cerebral amyloid deposition and dual-tasking in cognitively normal, mobility unimpaired older adults, J Gerontology: Medical Sciences 72(3), 431-437.


  • The following abstracts have recently been accepted:


      • Driggers JW, McMurtry SF, Wiltman SA, Chambers AJ, 2017, Validating a Novel 3D Scanner Approach for Measuring Leg Swelling During Prolonged Standing, American Society of Biomechanics, Boulder, CO.
      • Pliner EM, Beschorner KE, 2017, Applied hand-rung forces after a ladder perturbation, American Society of Biomechanics, Boulder, CO.
      • Hemler S, Charbonneau D, Beschorner KE, 2017, Effects of Shoe Wear on Slipping – Implications for Shoe Replacement Threshold, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Austin, TX.
      • Iraqi A, Beschorner KE, 2017, Vertical ground reaction forces during unexpected human slips, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Austin, TX.
      • Merrill ZF, Chambers AJ, Cham R, 2017, Impact of Age and Body Mass Index on Anthropometry in Working Adults, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Austin, TX.
      • Pliner EM, Beschorner KE, 2017, Effects of Ladder Climbing Patterns on Fall Severity, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Austin, TX.
      • Wiltman SA, Chambers AJ, 2017, Weight Shifting Strategies and Discomfort during Prolonged Standing, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Austin, TX.
      • Beschorner KE, Jones TG, Iraqi A, 2017, The Combined Benefits of Slip-Resistant Shoes and High-Traction Flooring on Coefficient of Friction Exceeds Their Individual Contributions, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Austin, TX.