Marcio Santos, Ph.D., PT
KU Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science
The main objective of the Applied Motor Control Laboratory research group is to obtain an integrated understanding of the neural and behavioral aspects of human movement control. Thus, the studies developed in this lab focus on a better understanding of how the central nervous system creates, interprets, transmits, and processes information in order to control muscle activity and body movements needed to perform a motor task.
From a behavioral perspective, the focus of the analysis is the coordination between the body segments.
The lab investigations involve healthy individuals, older adults, and people with orthopedic and neurological diseases. The motor, sensory, and cognitive systems underlying “motor control” in these individuals are evaluated via electromyography, biomechanical instrumentation (kinematics and kinetics), and clinical assessment (questionnaires, motor function, physical performance scales, skill tests, and others).
In particular, the lab evaluates changes in postural balance, grip force control, and gait experienced by study participants and assesses potential physical therapy interventions to improve motor control.
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Research projects currently conducted in the Applied Motor Control Laboratory