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. Specifically, our group is identifying the mechanical loading environments that promote healing and functional return in patients who suffer Achilles tendon injuries. In addition to using motion capture to quantify patient movement and function, we use innovative sensors to monitor tendon loading outside of the lab, computational models to predict the implications of structural changes on patient function, and ultrasound imaging to characterize how injury, surgical treatment, and rehabilitation drive structural changes.