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Room 199 CRC

Oklahoma State University

About our Lab //

The Applied Neuromuscular Physiology Laboratory is a ~1,400 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 physiological changes with aging, training, fatigue, disease, and more.  Research areas include motor control, proprioception, sensory-motor integration, muscle hypertrophy and atrophy, exercise prescription and training methodologies, athletic or military performance, brain behavior and plasticity, muscle quality, nutrition, and dietary supplementation.

Brain Imaging
We utilize fNIRS (functional near-infrared spectroscopy) to examine brain activity non-invasively during various sensory and motor tasks.
Motor Unit Recordings
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).
Balance
Evaluates a person’s balance. 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.
EMG Systems
Detects the activity of muscles and the force that they produce. We examine how these properties change under different conditions, such as fatigue, or aging. Our lab has 5 separate EMG systems.
Diagnostic Ultrasound
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.
Evoked Contractions
We can evoke contractions using electric or magnetic stimulation. Our lab utilizes transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) as well as peripheral nerve stimulation.
Dynamometry
These robotic, clinical dynamometers allow us to measure torque production, range of motion, and stiffness for multiple joints and muscle groups.
Power Assessment
We can assess power and movement velocity during various tasks. We have a jump mat, 3 linear transducers (Tendo and Gym Aware), and a Velotron bike for Wingate tests.
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Dynamometry

These robotic, clinical dynamometers allow us to measure torque production, range of motion, and stiffness for multiple joints and muscle groups.