LocoLab ResearchThe UAB Locomotor Control and Rehabilitation Robotics Laboratory, known on the University of Alabama at Birmingham campus as the LocoLab, has developed five different exercise protocols for participants in UAB stroke research. Each of the five are assessed within one device - the KineAssist.
“We have a funded project now where we measure the five domains and we use an evaluation tool to measure each so we can find out which of those five is the strongest, which is the second strongest and so on until we define which is the weakest," said David Brown, Ph.D., director of the LocoLab and the UAB Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science program.
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The study gives participants a two-week concentrated-target-focused intervention on whichever domain is identified as the weakest. After two weeks they measure the participant to see if that area went up in the rankings. They will do this for 10 weeks - always focusing on the weakest domain.
"We want to find out if this strategy leads to better improvements than if we just did a more generalized approach to rehabilitation training.” said Brown. “We are working on many studies in this lab where we are challenging people and making the environment more difficult. That is the best way to learn more and to identify solutions."
Past and current funding of the LocoLab is received 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.