Neuromechanics Lab – JoEllen Sefton, Ph.D.
The Neuromechanics Laboratory investigates the neuromuscular and physiological effects of orthopedic and neuromuscular injury. Namely, injury prevention and injury treatment, including rehabilitation and therapeutic methods used to treat those injuries, with a focus on evidence/science-based practice. JoEllen Sefton, Ph.D., Associate Professor, is the director of the lab, as well as the director of the Warrior Research Center.
Neuromechanics combines concepts from biomechanics and neurophysiology to study human movement. As such, it analyzes skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems and how they function together to produce motion that allows a person to complete a motor task.
Neuromechanics is very important in relation to the U.S. Army and examining the many tasks soldiers must complete in combat. Sefton and her team aim to implement protocols to optimize soldier performance and reduce instances of injury. Furthermore, the Lab studies Military equipment and its impact on the body. Hence, they help design gear that better assists and equips our armed forces.