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Gait Lab

Dr. Richard Willy

Grover Center W265

About the Lab
Dr. Willy studies the link between abnormal movement patterns and musculoskeletal injury by examining the biomechanics and neuromuscular control of gait. These methods are applied to populations who are at risk for the development or who have existing osteoarthritis of the knee with the hope of developing innovative treatment strategies. In particular, Dr. Willy’s special interest is in individuals who have undergone a partial meniscectomy procedure or who have diabetes mellitus, as both of these populations have disproportionately high incidences of knee osteoarthritis. Additionally, the lab studies chronic patellofemoral pain syndrome in runners, which has also been associated with the development of patellofemoral osteoarthritis.  The overarching goal of this work is to remove one of the most common barriers i.e., chronic knee pain, to regular participation in exercise.


by Innovative Sports Training Inc.

For data acquisition, analysis and visualization, this lab uses The MotionMonitor, by Innovative Sports Training Inc.