Human Mobility Lab Study

Study Information
Purpose of Study
The purpose of this study is to develop a database of normal, healthy walking biomechanics data to use as a baseline comparison for studies on individuals with disabilities that impair their walking ability.
Associated Lab
Human Mobility Research Laboratory
Human Mobility Research Laboratory - Hotel Dieu Hospital, 166 Brock St.
Dr. Kevin Deluzio and Dr. Michael Rainbow
Benefits of Participating
You will receive no direct benefits from participating in the study. The data collected from you may ultimately lead to a better understanding of human walking from a biomechanical perspective, and may be useful in assessing other populations with impaired walking characteristics.
No monetary compensation.

  • You are between the ages of 19-65
  • You are healthy and recreationally active and have no neuromuscular, musculoskeletal or metabolic impairments that prevent you from engaging in most forms of casual physical activity

  • You are currently taking medications for any neurological, cardiovascular or metabolic disorders
  • You have had an injury (in the last year) or surgery (ever) that has impaired your walking ability
  • You have moderate to severe knee and/or ankle malalignment in one or both legs

What You'll Be Asked to Do:
The testing will take approximately 1 to 1 1/2 hours in length. Your height and weight will first be measured, and you will be asked to report your age and level of physical activity (e.g. exercise habits). You will be asked to change into spandex shorts, a sleeveless shirt, and a pair of athletic shoes so that a set of small reflective markers can be secured to your arms, legs, and trunk by tape and Velcro wraps. These markers allow the researchers to measure the positions of your limbs while you walk. A set of small sensors will be taped to your leg on the surface of several major muscles. The sensors allow the researchers to record the magnitude and timing of your muscle activity while you walk. The sensors are purely a measurement device. They do not and cannot deliver any sort of stimulus or electrical "shock" to your muscles. With the markers and sensors in place, you will perform various activities of daily living, including 1) Walking at various speeds over our 25 foot x 50 foot walkway, 2) Walking and jogging on a treadmill oriented so that you are moving on level ground, or slightly uphill or slightly downhill, 3) Performing exercises aimed at measuring the strength of your leg muscles, 4) Performing activities that mimic recreational activities such as hopping on one foot, cross-cut running, ladder drills and jumping.

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