Locomotor and Movement Control Lab – Jaimie Roper, Ph.D.

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The Locomotor and Movement Control Laboratory is directed by Jaimie A. Roper, Ph.D.. The Lab focuses their research on interactions between biomechanical, sensorimotor, and neurocognitive systems in the control of gait and lower extremity function. Notable research areas include the role of joint mechanics, proprioception, and energy expenditure during locomotion.

Roper and her students apply biomechanical and motor control principles to understand the control strategies of healthy and mobility impaired populations during gait. Then, they can develop novel and impactful rehabilitation interventions to improve physical function. Additionally, the lab uses clinical, engineering, exercise science, and cognitive performance perspectives to better understand the neuromechanics of gait.

Research Initiatives
  • Exploring the causes of mobility impairment by employing a comprehensive approach that investigates orthopedic and neural contributions to mobility.
  • Developing, testing, and implementing successful interventions that can differentially or simultaneously target these issues.
  • Understanding the relationship between cognition and postural control strategies in healthy and mobility impaired populations.
Mission Statement

The Locomotor & Movement Control Laboratory employs a comprehensive approach to develop impactful rehabilitation interventions to improve physical function and quality of life for both healthy and mobility impaired populations. The lab focuses on not just mechanics, but the interaction between biomechanical, sensorimotor, and neurocognitive systems from diverse perspectives to better understand and address present challenges in movement and control.

Lab Vision

Through impactful publications and intervention programs in the community, it is the lab’s vision to aid in resolving underlying mobility related issues to prevent injuries in athletes, patients with mobility problems, and aging adults.

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