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Motor Control Lab
Dedicated to upper and lower extremity orthopedic research.

Motor Control Lab

The Motor Control Lab, a part of the Physical Therapy Division of the School of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences in Ohio University's College of Health Sciences and Professions, is dedicated to advancing research related to upper and lower extremity orthopedic topics.

Established in 2020, the lab aims to determine effective tests and exercises that reduce discomfort in those with orthopedic pain. 

Because orthopedic pain is extremely common, especially as we age, it's imperative that we continue to refine our understanding of the best ways to treat and reduce its impacts on daily life.



In the past, the Motor Control Lab conducted research to investigate the validity of shoulder endurance tests and the effect it has on subacromial space. The lab recently concluded a study that examined muscle activity with a closed-chain hip endurance test compared to traditional strength testing. 


The Motor Control Lab continues to conduct research that examines the upper extremity with an emphasis on endurance activities and the effects on subacromial space to help determine effective tests and exercises that reduce discomfort in those with orthopedic pain. 

Current Research

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Facility and Equipment

The Motor Control Lab is located in the Grover Center. With state-of-the-art equipment, the lab is designed to facilitate research, education, rehabilitation and athletic performance training. 

Using equipment such as the Cybex Humax Norm, Balance Tutor Treadmill or Delsys Trigno wireless EMG, faculty and student researchers are well equipped to study human motion. 

Facility and Equipment

Join the Motor Control Lab

Are you interested in joining the Motor Control Lab? We are always seeking highly talented and motivated scientists to join our team. 

For doctoral and post-doctoral trainees, we look for a demonstrated track record of success and prior formal training in sports medicine, neuroscience, biomedical engineering, biomechanics or similarly related fields. For more information about the Motor Control Lab, contact Dr. Neil Evans.

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