About our Lab //

The Applied Neuromuscular Physiology Laboratory is a ~2,300 sq. ft. research facility associated with the Health and Human Performance program area.  Our mission is to perform high-quality research that is both innovative and impactful.  The ANP Lab uses state-of-the-art technology to investigate the neural and muscular changes with aging, training, fatigue, disease, and more.  Research areas include motor control, proprioception, sensorimotor integration, muscle hypertrophy and atrophy, exercise prescription and training methodologies, tactical or military performance, brain behavior and plasticity, and more.

We utilize fNIRS (functional near-infrared spectroscopy) to examine brain activity non-invasively during various sensory and motor tasks.

Brain Imaging

Evaluates a person’s postural stability. This includes static measures, such as how much they sway while standing, as well as dynamic measures, such as their ability to adjust to movements. These evaluations can help assess an individual’s risk of falling.


The brain controls muscles through the use of neurons (“motor neurons”). Our decomposition systems allow us to non-invasively assess the activity and behavior of those neurons (by recording motor unit activity).

We have 4 methods for extracting motor unit action potential trains:

  • High-density sEMG decomposition

  • 5-pin sEMG decomposition

  • Fine wire EMG (intramuscular)

  • Needle EMG (intramuscular)

Motor Unit Recordings

Evaluate architectural differences in the body’s soft tissues, such as muscle or tendon. Some properties, such as muscle thickness, or stiffness, may be different across populations

Diagnostic Ultrasound

We can evoke contractions using electric or magnetic stimulation. Our lab utilizes transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) as well as peripheral nerve stimulation

Evoked Contractions

We have multiple force plates, isokinetic dynamometers, load cells, and more.  This gives us the ability to measure:

  • Force and Rate of Force Development

  • Torque

  • Movement velocity

  • Acceleration

  • Power

  • Range of Motion

  • Musculotendinous Stiffness

  • Ground Reaction Forces

and more!

Kinetics & Kinematics

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