Human Neuromechanics Laboratory—(nlab)

Neuromechanics is an interdisciplinary field that combines neuroscience and biomechanics to understand how the human nervous system and musculoskeletal systems interact to control movements.

Neuromuscular Fatigue

Muscle fatigue has been an important research topic in human movement science. It has been studied in relation to human performance, injuries and rehabilitation. It may occur due to the impairments both within the muscle and nervous system.  To quantify neuromuscular fatigue, various techniques such as force production measurement, electromyography, electrical/transcranial magnetic stimulation, and beat to beat blood pressure measurements are used.

Smart Exercise with Wearable Sensors

Owing to smart technologies, people can have various high-quality sensors in their smart device. This gives us a great possibility to measure human movement and assess motor functions precisely by themselves. Currently we have been developed a novel home-based body weight training program guided by smart application with a wearable sensor promoting exercise initiation and adherence.

Sports Performance

Our lab also focuses on the examining and understanding ways to improve sports performance. We recently studied the effects of different temperatures on rock climbing finger flexor performance. Additionally, we also tested football players to study the effectiveness of a supplement on measures of strength, power, and fatigue. Upcoming studies are being planned to examine running.

Functional Brain Activation during Exercise

Although maintenance of steady contractions is required for many daily tasks, there is little understanding of brain areas that modulate human behaviors. Functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) is used to quantify brain activation associated with motor and cognitive tasks.