Division of Athletic Training




Musculoskeletal Research Laboratory is a brand new 1200 sq-ft research facility located in the College of Health Sciences. This 5 story building will house the College of Health Sciences, the office of the senior vice president and chancellor of the University of Kentucky Medical Center, Centers for Nutritional Sciences and Aging. Tim L. Uhl, PhD, ATC, PT, serves as the Director of the Musculoskeletal laboratory. This facility will provide state of the art equipment to evaluate muscle performance, balance, and orthopaedic assessments. This lab will also be used to study rehabilitation approaches and techniques to evaluate their effectiveness.


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Muscle Mechanics Laboratory

CTW 445, (859) 218-0840

Our laboratory focuses on the mechanical and physiological properties of muscle tissue during in-vivo ambulation and exercise in a number of models. We collect direct, real time measurements of mechanical properties and performance of skeletal muscle during modified use, and measure the cellular responses thereafter. Although it is known that muscle adapts following various modes of exercise, the mechanisms that govern these adaptive processes remain unknown at the cellular level and appear to be related to the mechanical micro-environment of individual fibers within the matrix of skeletal muscle. The additional contributions of altered muscle function to bone and joint health is of great clinical interest, and we have devised new methodologies to further our understanding of the impact of abnormal muscle function on bone, cartilage, and ligament health during exercise.


PI: Tim Butterfield

Technician / Lab Manager: Sarah Abshire

PhD Student: Christine Waters


The Biodynamics Lab is run by Robert Shapiro, PhD.  This lab provides three-dimensional motion analysis of human movement allowing for the assessment of kinematic (motion), kinetic (force), and electromyographic information. This lab provides our graduates with valuable experience in evaluating human movement and gives students the opportunity to investigate specific movement disorders associated with athletic injuries.