Current Projects


Call for proposals

The Gait and Motion Analysis Lab is opened to proposals for research projects by UNM students, staff and faculty members, and others who are interested in human movement and biomechanics. 

First priority for lab use will be given to funded research projects, and then be made to open the lab for other significant pilot study across the UNM. Please contact the lab director, Yuri Yoshida, PT, PhD, if you are interested in proposing a research project in the Gait and Motion Analysis Lab. 


strength exercise

Skeletal Alignment for Sensor-Motor Integration in Control of Lower Extremity 

Daisuke, ‘Dice’, Shibata, PhD, LAT, ATC

This research is studying effect of an exercise program on posture, balance maintenance, and gait. After screening of your fitness level with questionnaire, participants’ gait, muscle activity, static weight distribution, and static posture will be assessed.
Taking part in this study is entirely voluntary. Interested individual needs to have no known neurological illness or orthopedic condition. Please email to diceshibata@unm.edu to inquire further information about this project.


gait kinematics and balance

The Effect of Upper Extremity Immobilization on Gait Kinematics and Balance Function in Healthy Older Adults

Deborah Doerfler, PT, DPT, PhD OCS

Despite the established contribution of the upper extremities (UE) to normal gait and balance function, there is sparse data examining the effect of UE immobilization on the determinants of normal gait kinematics and balance recovery. This study aims to examine how UE immobilization affects gait parameters and balance function in the healthy older adult, and will serve as a foundation to further examine UE immobilization following injury or post-surgery and its impact on gait and balance function. Volunteers (> 60 years old) can participate in this study. The purpose of this study is to examine the effect of upper extremity (UE) immobilization on gait (walking) and balance function in healthy older adults under five conditions. Please review the flyer for the detail information. For more information, please email to ddoerfler@salud.unm.edu.


locomotive syndrome

Normative Values for the ‘Locomotive-Syndrome’ test in American Adults

Yuri Yoshida, PT, PhD

Japan is one of ‘Super-aged’ Societies. These elderly individuals often experience difficulties with daily activities without distinct underlying pathologies. Therefore, a Japanese medical community proposed a new diagnosis of ‘locomotive syndrome (hyperlinked to Locomo Brochuer with identify cited from Otsuka.co.jp)’ indicating functional limitations as a result of musculoskeletal impairments. This allows Japanese individuals to access medical treatment for their functional limitations as a result of musculoskeletal diseases and general muscle weakness. Since the incidence of comorbidities is higher in America, the concept of ‘locomotive syndrome’ may be beneficial for American adults to receive early interventions for subtle functional limitations. To our knowledge, there is no study to examine if the locomotive-syndrome tests can properly assess functional limitations in American adults. The purpose of this study is to determine normative values among American adults for the test used to locomotive-syndrome and compare the results from the locomotive syndrome test to more conventional outcome measures.  Please review the flyer for the detail information. For more information, please email to yyoshida@salud.unm.edu.


treating toe walking in children

The Effectiveness of Serial Casting and Ankle Foot Orthoses in Treating Toe Walking in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Marybeth Barkocy, PT, DPT, PCS

Toe walking is defined as the absence of heel strike during initial contact of the gait cycle and the inability to obtain full foot contact during the stance phase of the gait cycle. Toe walking is often associated with a variety of neurological disorders including Cerebral Palsy, myopathy, neuropathy and Autism Spectrum Disorder. The purpose of this study is to determine the effectiveness of serial casting and ankle foot orthoses (AFOs) on gait patterns for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who toe walk. A 3-D gait analysis will be used to assess improvements of ankle rocker range of motion during gait. Clinical outcomes will be also assessed to determine improved functional performance via these interventions. Please review the flyer for the detail information. For more information, please email to mbarkocy@salud.unm.edu.


Clinical Assessments for Individuals with Clinical Instability after Total Knee Arthroplasties

Yuri Yoshida, PT, PhD

TKA instability is one of the leading causes of clinical failure after TKA, which is a common indication for early revision with increasing the risks up to 20%. Since the causes of clinical instability after TKA are multifactorial, yet there is no consensus of conclusive causes or standardized treatments. Clinical outcomes and functional recovery patterns for individuals with an instability after TKA has not been reported. The purpose of this study is to investigate 1) different clinical outcomes and 2) different patterns in neuromuscular function during daily activities (i.e. walking on stairs) in individuals with the stable operated knees compared to individuals with clinical instability after TKA at 6 months after the surgery. Please review the flyer for the detail information (hyperlinked to Flyer E). For more information, please email to yyoshida@salud.unm.edu.


vertical compression test

Reliability of the Vertical Compression Test as Performed by Physical Therapy Students

Tiffany Enache, PT, DPT

Standard method of postural assessment is having a patient stand by a wall with a plumb line hanging, assessing for bony landmarks at various regions.  This novel method (Vertical Compression Test) is an approach that focuses on functional alignment whereas the standard method does not consider functional stability. Therefore, we, the DPT program at UNM, would like to implement a simple, easy-to-learn, and highly-reliable posture classification scheme (VCT) into our curriculum. Augmented feedback is beneficial to save time and motivate students’ learning. Such feedback will play a significant role when the test relies on sensory information that is difficult to master without experience. Motion analysis, postural classification or manual techniques taught in PT program are categorized in this situation due to lack of students’ experiences. While the target endpoint of this learning experience is hard to quantify, we have state-of-the-art equipment to provide augmented feedback in order to enhance students’ learning experiences. Please review the flyer for the detail information. For more information, please email to tpelletier@salud.unm.edu.


Completed Projects

Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation

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