Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Human Motion Lab

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Welcome to the Human Motion Laboratory

The Human Motion Lab is housed in the Penn Musculoskeletal Center on the seventh floor of the state-of-the-art Penn Medicine University City building. The Human Motion Lab is uniquely located next to the clinical offices of the Department of Orthopaedics, facilitating strong collaborations with musculoskeletal providers and direct access to patient populations. As the name implies, studying human motion is the emphasis of the lab. Motion capture techniques and other methods of measuring how the body moves are employed to identify the causes of musculoskeletal problems and how therapeutic and surgical interventions improve the conditions. In addition, the Human Motion Lab serves as a translational extension of the McKay Orthopaedic Research Laboratory.

The Human Motion Lab has the capacity to measure a wide range of activities — from walking to throwing a baseball.