Musculoskeletal Health

Physical activity and musculoskeletal health across the lifespan

This research theme encompasses 5 major areas:

Growth & Development
Biomechanics & Motor Control
> Neuromuscular
Bone Health
Metabolic & Endocrinological

Neuromuscular Adaptations to Physical Activity and Disease

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There are a number of research areas related to neuromuscular adaptations to physical activity and disease. These include:

  • The characterization and understanding of how the musculoskeletal system works to create and control motion.  Studies look at patterns of muscle and joint loading during gait, sport and activities of daily living and examine how these patterns change under different conditions.  Research is performed with the goal of understanding the factors that affect the control of movement and balance.
  • Clinical applications of the contralateral effect of chronic unilateral training - known as the “Cross-education” effect. Cross-education is an interesting phenomenon with very little utility in healthy individuals, but has very important implications for rehabilitation from unilateral orthopaedic injuries such as wrist fracture, or neurological damage such as post-stroke hemiplegia.
  • Neuromuscular adaptations to acute or chronic training using eccentric (or lengthening) contractions.
  • Training monitoring and recovery from neural fatigue in football players.
  • Determination of muscle activation patterns during different resistance-training exercises (i.e. stable vs. non-stable exercises) and activation of back muscles for assessment of injury prevention during work situations.

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