Research & Publications

Research in the Biomechanics and Motor Performance Laboratory focusses in several areas:

  • Lower extremity mechanics during locomotion, jumping and dance
  • Standing balance in persons with Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis
  • Dynamic balance during locomotion
  • Hip joint center modeling
  • Pediatric sitting and power mobility

A collaborative research model is used with students teaming with faculty mentor projects.  Funding is provided primarily internally. Collaboration and use of lab involves three units: Physical Therapy, Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Movement Science.  


The following are select publications by faculty and students in the Biomechanics and Motor Performance Laboratory:

Visser A, Westman M, Otieno S, Kenyon LK. A home-based body weight supported treadmill program for children with cerebral palsy: a pilot study. Pediatr Phys Ther.  2017;29(3):223–229.

Fisher-Pipher S, Kenyon LK, Westman M.  Improving balance, mobility, and dual-task performance in an adolescent with cerebral palsy: a case report. Physiotherapy Theory Pract. 2017;33(7):586-595.

Kenyon LK, Westman M, Hefferan A, McCray P, Baker BJ.  A home-based body weight supported treadmill training program for children with cerebral palsy:  a case series.  Physiotherapy Theory Pract. 2017;33(7):576-585.

Beasley J, Kenyon LK, Midena A, Chartier J, Meyers K, Ashby B, Anderson K. Cane handle designs - pressure and preference: a pilot study. J Acute Care Phys Ther. 2017;8(2):58-64.

Harro CC, Piper N, Marquis A, Burdis C. Reliability and Validity of Force Platform Measures of Balance Impairment in Individuals with Parkinson's Disease. Phys Ther. 2016;96: 1955-1964. DOI: 10.2522/ptj.20160099 Published July 14, 2016.

Lenz, A. L., Johnson, K. A., Bush, T. B. (2016).  A New Method to Quantify Residual Limb Motion within a Prosthetic Socket for Below Knee Amputees, Journal of Biomechanics, In Review. 

Lenhart, R. L., Francis, C. A., Lenz, A. L., Thelen, D. G. (2014). Empirical Evaluation of Gastrocnemius and Soleus Function During Walking, Journal of Biomechanics 47(12), 2969-2974.

Gulgin H, Hoogenboom B. The Functional Movement Screening (FMS) ™: An Inter-rater reliability study between raters of varied experience. The International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy, 9(1):14-20, 2014. 

Kenyon LK, Farris JF, Gallagher C, Webster L, Hammond L, Aldrich A.  Power mobility training for young children with multiple, severe impairments:  a case series.  Phys Occup Ther Pediatr.  DOI: 10.3109/01942638.2015.1108380. Article available at: 

Goehring M, Kenyon, L. (2011). Axillary or Forearm Crutches; Comparing Postural Sway in Single Limb Stance and Perceptions of Safety. Journal of Acute Care Physical Therapy, 2(2), 72-76.

Gulgin, H., Hall, K., Luzadre, A., Kayfish, E. (2016).  3-D Gait Analysis with and without an orthopedic walking boot.  American Society of Biomechanics Meeting, Raleigh, NC.

Alderink, G, Hoogenboom, B, Lenz, A, Keniston, N, Krikke, A, Wiersma, B, Prediction of Hip Joint Center Location using Davis and Seidel Methods: Effect on Hip Moments During Gait of Normal Healthy Adults, 21st Gait & Clinical Movement Analysis Society Annual Meeting, May 17-20, 2016, Poster abstract.

Hickox, LJ, Ashby, BM, Alderink, GJ. Exploration of the Two-Dimensional Plane Assumption in Modeling the Standing Long Jump. J Biomechanics, 49(7) (2016):1085-1093.

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