Locomotor Control and Rehabilitation Robotics LaboratoryThe Locomotor Control and Rehabilitation Robotics Laboratory, better known as the LocoLab, is the premier neuromusculoskelatal control lab in the Southeast.
Led by David A. Brown, Ph.D., designer of the KineAssist, professor, and director of the Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science program, the LocoLab conducts UAB stroke research to better understand neuromusculoskeletal control during active movement in individuals post-stroke. In other words, Brown's team wants to understand and improve how people walk after they have suffered a stroke.
The LocoLab, located at 516 20th Street South, is home to researchers whose studies seek to understand the underlying control mechanisms of poor locomotor control.
“We believe there are five domains that define a persons’ impact limitations to walking ability," says Brown. "Each person will have one or two of those areas that are affected by their stroke or injury or disability. With that in mind we have developed clinical protocols for treating each of those domains.”
The five domains that Brown and his team have identified are:
- Force generation: the impact of each step they take
- Speed generation: how fast they can walk
- Dynamic balance: how well they balance while moving
- Endurance: how far they can walk
- Locomotor challenge: how well they deal with disturbances/distractions when walking
The past and current funding for this UAB stroke research comes from The Foundation of Physical Therapy, Veteran’s Association, The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, The American Heart Association, The National Science Foundation and The National Institutes of Health.