When everything is working properly, humans can perform high-demand activities of daily living for more than 100 years. This rarely happens. One of the greatest barriers to realizing this potential is pathology of the musculoskeletal system. Joints are critical elements for enabling complex movements between segments, and they are remarkable in their ability to facilitate motion while transmitting forces; however, changes due to disease and injury interfere with mechanical function. Clinical interventions aim to alter joint mechanics; however, a lack of information on how healthy joints function during dynamic loading and whether interventions effectively alter joint mechanics as intended limit the ability to optimize treatments.
The purpose of this work is to use biplanar videoradiography to directly measure a person’s specific anatomy in motion while they perform high-demand activities. Precise information describing the motion of the skeletal system coupled with full-body musculoskeletal modeling approaches may provide insights into joint function and health.
Michael Rainbow, PhD
Understanding the relationships between form, function, and dysfunction in multi-articular joint structures of the appendicular skeleton using a comparative approach involving collaboration with researchers in evolutionary biology, orthopaedics, rehabilitation, computer science, exercise science, and motor control.
The relationship between morphology and function in the shoulder
Determining form-function relationships in the human foot, specifically the midfoot
Computational modelling of the ankle joint complex to understand relationship between bone motion and soft tissue behaviour
3D analysis of the shoulder joint complex during motion and varying conditions
Examining the influence of talar dome shape on foot and ankle kinematics
Managing laboratory infrastructure, while collaborating with scientists and engineers on biomechanical projects relating to the wrist, shoulder, and feet.