Virtual Environment for Assessement and Rehabilitation Laboratory
Metrics that quantify functional mobility
Locomotor and posture dysfunction can be caused by a variety of etiologies. Our lab does not focus on a particular clinical population, but strives to understand how functional mobility emerges and how a structural or neurological insult can disrupt functional mobility. These insults can change some components of a gait pattern, while leaving other components intact. Therefore, we use a variety of metrics to quantify the dynamics of a gait pattern to better characterize the impact of a structural or neurological insult on functional mobility. These metrics include:
We have adopted these metrics to understand locomotor dysfunction across a variety of clinical populations. This framework will allow rehabilitation programs to better design exercises suited to the particular needs of each population.