Room to move

PT in 3-D

A new 1,650-square-foot, cutting-edge Movement Science Lab in the Krannert School of Physical Therapy at UIndy helps students and faculty conduct research in motor control, bio-mechanics, and rehab physiology.  Ten video cameras surrounding the lab record movement in 3-D.  Three force plates built into the floor provide data on lower-body joints.  The GAITR walkway system offers information on walking speeds and symmetry. And specialty treadmills like the body-weight-support treadmill help lift the body weight so the subjects can walk more easily. Grad student Lindsey Sewell, for one, is a fan.  “Our professors have incorporated the various technologies we have available,” she says, “to help us understand more about options for patient analysis and intervention based on current research.”