Applied Neuromechanics Research Lab (ANRL) - Lower Extremity Division


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Laboratory Overview

The ANRL is situated with the Health and Human Performance Building on the campus of UNCG. It serves as a research facility for faculty and students in undergraduate, masters and doctoral degree programs in Applied Neuromechanics. With a primary focus on lower extremity neuromechanics and injury risk, the ANRL fosters a collaborative environment to support both faculty and student initiated activities that strive to reduce injury risk and improve the health and performance of physically active individuals of all ages.

Goals and Objectives

The mission of the ANRL is to promote clinically driven research and quality education that bridges scientific inquiry and clinical practice. This is accomplished through an interdisciplinary approach to research and education that attracts and integrates students, faculty and clinicians from diverse professional backgrounds, experiences and scientific perspectives. The Laboratory places a strong emphasis on seeking and procuring internal and external funding to support and advance its research endeavors. (More)

Research

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Risk Factors for ACL Injury
A primary focus of our laboratory has been to examine sex differences in lower extremity anatomy and sex hormone concentrations for their potential to contribute to the greater risk of ACL injury in females. (More)

Instrumentation

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Joint injury occurs when forces exceed the capacity of the active and passive stabilizing structures and may result from excessive biomechanical loads in the presence of adequate muscle function, or from muscular insufficiency under otherwise functionally tolerable loads. The ANRL - Lower Extremity Division houses a variety of instruments to explore factors that reduce neuromuscular and biomechanical function, leading to joint instability and/or injury risk. (More)