Motion Analysis Lab (MAL)
The MAL serves dual research and clinical purposes. In its research role, the lab acts as a controlled environment for the characterization of motor impairments, the study of factors underlying these impairments and analyses of post-intervention change.
Key research areas within the MAL are based around three primary tenets:
- Quantifying the biomechanical abnormalities inherent in orthopaedic and neuromuscular pathologies, and measuring change due to treatment of the pathology.
- Determining the relationships between underlying functional parameters (e.g. balance, strength, range of motion) and the outcome of a particular method of treatment.
- Assessing the impact of external support in patients requiring assistive devices (e.g. walkers, canes) or other modifications (e.g. AFOs, night splinting, footwear alterations).