Biodynamics Research Laboratory

Biodynamics Lab


Research in the Biodynamics Research Laboratory aims to achieve two broad long-term goals.  First we look to understand the full spectrum of lower extremity injury consequences such as structural adaptations, sensorimotor and neurophysiological alterations, and behavioral changes.  Second, we apply our understanding of lower extremity consequences to improve therapeutic intervention effectiveness for lower extremity injuries to improve both short and long term outcomes.  Our research endeavors use both human and animal models and span a range of discipline areas including athletic training, biomechanics, motor control, neuroscience, pathophysiology, and rehabilitation sciences.  The Biodynamics Research Lab is also a constituent laboratory within the Center for Biomedical Engineering and Science at UNC Charlotte.


The Biodynamics Research Laboratory is comprised of 4 rooms that occupy more than 2500 ft2 and provide space for personnel, equipment, data collection, and data analysis.  We house two large experimentation areas used primarily to house data collection equipment for human movement studies including gait analysis and to perform data collections.  The space also provides patient preparation areas, multiple work stations for research assistants, a small conference room, and multiple computers.

Measuring Kinetics

The Biodynamics Research Lab houses two Bertec non-conductive force platforms and an an AMTI Accusway force platform.  The lab is also equipped with a Biodex System 3 isokinetic dynamometer to measure joint torques.  Attachments are available for upper and lower extremity evaluation as well as lift simulations and closed kinetic chain assessments. 

Measuring Kinematics

The Biodynamics Research Lab uses a new Vicon motion capture system with 10 (MX-T40S) cameras and the capability to synchronize collection of analog data.  The LifeScience suite of software including Body Builder, Nexus, WorkStation, Polygon, and Plug-in-Gait and their associated plug-ins as well as Visual3D are used to generate and evaluate kinematic and kinetic parameters of interest.  For measuring the spatiotemporal kinematics of gait, the lab has a 5 meter OptoGait system.  In addition, the lab is equipped with the pedar® pressure insole system, which can used within the laboratory or in the community.

Measuring Neurophysiologic Outcomes

The Biodynamics Research Lab houses multiple 16-channel biological data acquisition systems (BIOPAC Systems) complete with transducers and amplifiers to capture muscle activity.  In addition, the lab houses a 32-channel EEG system with a NuAmps Amplifier and Curry 7 software (Compumedics USA), a Magstim Super Rapid2 to conduct Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) assessments, and a Digitimer DS7AH stimulator for evaluating neuromuscular excitability.

Additional Equipment

Other piece of equipment in our laboratory available for use are a custom-built instrumented ankle arthrometer., multiple 3-D triaxial accelerometers, and various pieces of clinical equipment, such as hand-held dynamometers, digital goniometers, and Semmes-Weinstein monofilaments.


Lab Faculty

Lab Graduate Students

Danielle Torp is a 1st year PhD student in the Biodynamics Research Lab. Her background includes a bachelor's degree in Athletic Training from Azusa Pacific University and a MS in Exercise Science from the University of Toledo. Prior to joining us, Danielle spent the last 2 years working as an assistant athletic training for Eastern Kentucky University. Her research interests involve developing novel interventions to alter gait patterns in individuals with chronic musculoskeletal injuries.

Hyunjae Jeon is a 2nd year PhD student in the Biodynamics Research Lab.  He holds degrees from Yonsei University in South Korea and a master's of arts in Athletic Training from the University of Nebraska Omaha.  Hyunjae's research interests involve developing interventions to reduce symptoms associated with posttraumatic osteoarthritis and patellofemoral pain syndrome.

Casey Bruce is a 2nd year MS student in the Biodynamics Research Lab.  He received his bachelor's degree in Exercise Science from UNC Charlotte in 2016.  His research interests focus on modulating neural excitability through exercise.

Sean Krysak  is a 1st year MS student in the Biodynamics Research Lab.  He received his bachelor's degree in Exercise Science from Queens University of  Charlotte in 2017.  His research interests include: focus of attention during ACLR rehabilitation and contralateral variance in quadriceps strength.

Recent Conference Presentations

Luke Donovan, IAS 2017, Using an Impairment-Based Rehabilitation Model to Alter Gait in Patients with Chronic Ankle Instability

Tricia Hubbard-Turner, Keynote presentation at IAS 2017, Long term implications of an ankle sprain
Tricia Hubbard-Turner, NATA 2017, Lack of treatment from a medical professional after an acute lateral ankle sprain.   

Luke Donovan, NATA 2017, Translating Time Loss into Wins and Losses: Strategies for Promoting Injury Prevention.

Luke Donovan, NATA 2017, Step-Down Task Identifies Differences in Ankle Frontal Plane Kinematics during Walking in Recreationally Active Adults

Abbey Thomas, NATA 2017, Case-series, cohorts, and clinical trials: what have we learned from our patients?

Abbey Thomas, ATOAC Annual Meeting 2017, Epidemiology of Post-traumatic Osteoarthritis

Jason Cline, NATA 2017, Kinesio Tex tape does not improve sensorimotor function in participants with chronic ankle instability.

Chris Burcal, NATA 2017, Cortical activity relates to injury severity in chronic ankle instability patients.

Casey Bruce, ACSM 2017, Number of Knee and Ankle Injuries is Associated with Poor Physical but not Mental Health.

Consent Forms

Charlotte Ankle Sprain Tracking Study

Massage Comparison


National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society

National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal, and Skin Diseases

MidAtlantic Athletic Trainers’ Association

SouthEastern Athletic Trainers’ Association

National Athletic Trainers’ Association Research & Education Foundation

Affiliated Groups

International Ankle Consortium

Athletic Trainers’ Osteoarthritis Consortium