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Research Laboratories

The offices and facilities of the Sports Health and Performance Institute (SHPI) at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center are dedicated to creating an atmosphere of clinical, research and academic excellence. Our immediately accessible facilities include over 25,000 square feet of lab, clinic, and office space. Our mission is to improve personalized, evidence-based healthcare by researching the mechanisms behind athletic injuries, developing interventions to improve prevention of these injuries and by creating innovative technologies and techniques to enhance these research objectives.


Biodynamics Laboratories

This area contains approximately 3,000 square feet dedicated to the latest state-of-the art, cutting edge technology motion capture and neuromuscular control assessment. The lab utilizes an inter-disciplinary team of experts to investigate rehabilitation approaches on a wide variety of musculoskeletal diseases, evaluating orthopaedic implants and surgical techniques, and evaluating sports capabilities.


Clinical Facilities

Addionally, our clinic encompasses over 21,500 square feet, which includes 15 exam rooms, radiology suite, reception area and an open office space for staff that is in close proximity to the Biodynamics Laboratory. 


We test and screen athletes of all ages and skill levels in the following areas:


In collaboration with the Ohio State football team, we screen all incoming players, testing their strength, function, kinematics, kinetics and bone density to reveal the etiology of the primary injuries that affect football players and allowing us to develop preventive strategies. Further, we have multiple research studies focused on different areas of biomechanics from ACL injury to femoroacetabular impingement to stroke and knee injury prevention. 

Currently Active Research Area(s): The effect of neuromuscular electrical stimulation on the quadriceps before and after ACL reconstruction, injury prevention programs on healthy and ACL injured athletes and the influence of knee bracing on the mechanics of athletes

Functional Motion Assessment

This area is an incubator for functional motion assessment research that bridges the gap to clinical systems, with a focus on lower extremity injury, particularly anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), and human performance optimization through:

Evaluation Identifing clinically useful and modifiable markers of neuromuscular risk factors through development of a comprehensive systematic approach to musculoskeletal periodic health evaluations)

Instruction Determining the effect that interventions and altered movement patterns have on injury risk and performance.

Implementation Developing physical and mathematical models of intervention addressing biomechanical, physiological, ergonomic and genetic aspects specific to physically active populations (tactical soldiers, collegiate athletes, youth athletes) and individuals at-risk for lower extremity injury (soccer, football, lacrosse, basketball, hockey athletes).

Currently Active Research Area(s): Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries, Feedback Instructional Systems, Jump-Landing Technique, Periodic Health and Performance Evaluations

Sports and Rehabilitation Research

This lab focuses on innovative investigation of neuromuscular and musculoskeletal adaptation to injury and rehabilitation, incorporating high-speed, real-time, three-dimensional motion analysis techniques. High-tech biomechanical and neuromuscular analysis allows for identification of neuromuscular impairments following injury. Clinical research programs focus on the development and application of novel rehabilitation protocols to enhance recovery and prevent re-injury. 

Currently Active Research Area(s): Rehabilitation and Outcomes Following Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries, Development of Knee Osteoarthritis Following Knee Injury, Development of Evidence-Based Physical Therapy Rehabilitation Guidelines 


Other Resources

Biomedical Informatics Core Services

The Biomedical Informatics Group at Ohio State focuses on computational approaches to problems in biomedical research. They provide the core competencies, methods and technologies that are necessary for the acquisition, storage and analysis of biomedical data using high performance computational systems. They offer resources and services to investigators which include research data storage, web and database hosting, cluster computing, research data warehousing and clinical and translational research support.

Digital Classroom

Ohio State has excellent computer and technical support for all computer software and hardware and is available 24 hours/day, seven days/week. The Digital Classroom is available as a program within the Education and Training Department that provides two-way video teleconferencing and web conferencing. We will utilize these services to maintain close collaboration when necessary.

Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTS)

Established in 2008 to offer guidance, information, support, resources and training for researchers, the CCTS (ccts.osu.edu) is funded in part by the National Institutes of Health Clinical and Translational Science Award. Investigators are able to access an array of personnel, tools and facilities support to help with research. Support offered include biostatistical and study design consulting, data management tools, specialist data analytic tools, guidance on clinical research ethics, regulatory support, clinical data warehouse, pre-submission grant review, and facilitating clinical research implementation.