Welcome to the Musculoskeletal Mechanics Laboratory (MML) in the Department of Health and Exercise Science at the Appalachian State University. Using a variety of biomechanical analysis techniques, experimental and computational, we explore principles of movement and the link between musculoskeletal structure and function. Our aims are twofold:
  • To investigate the relationship between musculoskeletal structure and function: Variability in human musculoskeletal structure often gives us insight into the corresponding variability in our ability to perform human movement. Conversely, it is also true that by putting certain functional demands on our musculoskeletal structure, our musculoskeletal system has the ability to adapt in unique ways. We aim to understand this relationship between structure and function better through focused research studies.
  • To investigate novel performance analysis techniques to assist coaches, athletes, and practitioners: To this aim, research projects are designed to investigate the use of novel field-based performance analysis techniques that allow biomechanical assessments outside of a traditional lab setting. These types of assessments facilitate their incorporation into a coach or practitioner’s training paradigm because of the use of technology that is minimally invasive, less expensive, allows evaluations to be performed in the field, and/or do not constrain normal movement patterns.