Research

Clinical Biomechanics Laboratory

Director, Dr. Raoul Reiser

The mission of the Clinical Biomechanics Lab is to reduce injury and improve performance through investigation into the biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system. Target populations fill the spectrum from young athletes to older frail adults.

Overview

The lab contains a state-of-the-art high-speed, high resolution 3D motion capture system paired with force platforms and electromyography (EMG).

Current emphases are on foot-ground interaction as well as the use of functional movement assessments to reduce injury risk.

Flooring Research

Human Movement

Flooring surfaces have differing characteristics affecting athletic performance and injury risk.

We are currently comparing traditional crumb rubber infill against a new organic infill.

The motion capture system is capable of real-time viewing. Musculoskeletal modeling allows us to examine joint loading.



Mechanical Testing

Mechanical properties of flooring surfaces, specifically artificial turf, are tested with a variety of industry standard devices.

Effects of environment and use on infill properties are not well understood. We are exploring potential changes.

Existing equipment is often inconsistent and not representative of athletes. We are designing the next generation of testing equipment.


Functional Movement Assessment Research

A functional movement assessment (FMA) is designed to be a quick set of diagnostic exercises relating to athletic performance and injury risk.

A 6 sensor, IMU-based FMA system is currently being evaluated.


Lab Personnel

Students assist to varying degrees at all levels of the research process.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

  • Michael Samelson
  • Austin Schwartz
  • Gabrielle Hess
  • Peter Lohrisch
  • Chloe Jacobs
  • Lyndsey Nold
  • Austin Telesz

Volunteers

  • Caitlyn Helwig
  • Emily Orlikoff
  • Justin Brake
  • Andrew Boone

Dr. Raoul Reiser II

  • Dr. Reiser has been with CSU and the HES Department for 16 years performing research and teaching in the area of musculoskeletal biomechanics.
  • Email: Raoul.Reiser@Colostate.edu
  • Office Phone: (970) 491-6958
  • Lab Phone: (970) 491-7980
Raoul Reiser photo

Laboratory Support

Research in the Clinical Biomechanics Laboratory relies on the generosity of others. If you would like to support the lab, please make an online donation by clicking the button below.