The faculty in the Division of Physical Therapy are active in research, often in collaboration with other departments on campus in keeping with the College of Health Sciences and Professions' emphasis on interdisciplinary practice. Collaborations include faculty in engineering, biomedical sciences, exercise physiology, psychology and athletic training. Students are encouraged to participate and have opportunities to present their work at national meetings.
Physical Therapy Labs
The Gait Lab allows researchers to analyze human gait using an instrumented treadmill and a motion analysis state-of-the-art kinematic data collection system. The current focus of the lab is to analyze the association of 3D running biomechanics with injury and the management of running-related injury. The lab is also used for clinical assessment of walking and running to assist our clinicians with diagnosis and treatment plans.
Neuroimaging Research Laboratory
OHIO has an ongoing partnership with a local hospital organization (Holzer) for research access to a 3T MRI for functional neuroimaging studies (Philips Achieva 3 Tesla MRI scanner). Neuroimaging data processing and analysis is available on several high-powered computers with advanced neuroimaging analysis packages including but not limited to: Statistical Parametric Mapping (SPM) software, FMRIB Software Library (FSL) and functional connectivity toolbox (CONN) available.
Neuromuscular Biomechanics & Health Assessment Lab
The Neuromuscular Biomechanics & Health Assessment Lab (NMBHAL) at Ohio University comprises over 2,000 square feet of state-of-the-art research equipment for testing and screening individuals of all ages and skill levels. This facility is designed for motion analysis of sports and daily activities. It includes a 15’x15’ open space with a passive optical motion capture system to allow natural walking, running, and jumping including: 12-camera Vicon passive optical motion capture system, 3 Bertec force plates embedded in the floor with 2 portable plates. A fully portable inertia measurement unit system for in-the-field 3D kinematics and portable wireless surface EMG (Noraxon and Delsys) provide a translation science arm to the laboratory. Neurocognitive testing is available on a state-of-the-art Senaptec Sensory Station and more advanced movement analysis in virtual and augmented reality is available via Oculus and other technologies. The NMBHAL lab features multiple workstations with a full suite of human movement analysis software, including: Matlab, Visual3D, SPSS, Labview for data processing and storage.
Motor Control Lab
The Motor Control Lab (MCLab@ohio.edu) at Ohio University is well-equipped within the Division of Physical Therapy. This laboratory is designed for study of human motion with a 12 camera Vicon 3D kinematic system, 2 embedded force plates, diagnostic ultrasound, and a 16-channel Delsys Trigno wireless EMG system. The MCL lab features multiple workstations making it ideal for several smaller studies to be simultaneously ongoing, or for single larger motion studies. Given the space and location, the MCL lab is diverse enough to provide researchers an opportunity to perform basic science research, translational research, and clinical-based research.