College of Health Sciences

BioMotion Laboratory

Welcome to the BioMotion laboratory.  The lab is led by Dr. Brian Noehren and is focused on how muscle function and biomechanics affect a variety of common lower extremity injuries.  The laboratory uses a variety of techniques from magnetic resonance imaging, muscle histochemistry to gait mechanics and functional testing to answer its questions.


Our research is focused in a number of key areas:

The lab is focused on how muscle function and biomechanics affect a variety of common lower extremity injuries, including the following key areas:

Running Injuries and Mechanics

We are interested in understanding the mechanics of how runners become injured. The goals of this research are to define the mechanisms of the most common injuries from which we can develop and test promising new physical therapy and gait treatments. We perform advanced motion capture gait analysis to help diagnose and treat pain and injury from a variety of running injuries.

Lower Extremity Orthopedic Injuries

We are actively studying how individuals recover from a variety of orthopedic injuries, such as anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstructions, patellofemoral pain (PFP), and osteoarthritis (OA). We are particularly interested in how these injuries affect your muscles during walking, running and playing sports. We are actively looking for individuals with these conditions to participate in a number of research studies. If you have one of these conditions please contact Brian Noehren for information.

Muscle Function

In collaboration with the University of Kentucky Center for Muscle Biology and Charlotte Peterson, Ph.D., we are running a number of studies using both MRI imaging and muscle histology to define how rehabilitation affects muscle structure and function. Our findings hope to show how rehabilitation techniques affect muscle strength in recovering from lower extremity injuries or procedures. We also have active projects investigating the relationship of trunk/core strength to lower extremity function.

Techniques Used:

A variety of techniques are used in our research to uncover the underlying mechanisms of injury, such as advanced motion capture technology, gait analysis, MRI muscle imaging, muscle histology, and functional testing. Discoveries are then directly translated to new and innovative rehabilitation treatments that can be implemented in the clinic.

Who We Are:

Our lab collaborates with computer scientists, physical therapists, muscle physiologists, MRI physicists, and orthopedic surgeons. The lab is operated by and provides training for undergraduate researchers, physical therapy graduate students, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and orthopedic residents.

The BioMotion Lab is run by Dr. Brian Noehren, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy in the College of Health Sciences at the University of Kentucky.

Our research is funded by both federal and foundation grants.

More Information:

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BioMotion Laboratory
College of Health Sciences
900 S. Limestone
Lexington, KY 40536-0200
For information, contact us here.