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Image result for nc tracs"The Applied Biomechanics Laboratory, in collaboration with the UNC Division of Physical Therapy and the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering at West Virginia University, has been awarded a pilot research grant from the NIH-funded North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute for our project titled “The peripheral motor repertoire as a neuromuscular constraint on walking balance integrity in age-related falls risk”. The scientific premise of the project is that all individuals rely on a principal number of peripheral neuromuscular commands – a “peripheral motor repertoire” – to accomplish everyday walking tasks during which falls may occur. Our overall objective is to test the hypothesis that a reduced peripheral motor repertoire used for everyday walking tasks represents a neuromuscular constraint on older adults’ ability to successfully respond to walking balance perturbations and prevent falls in the community. Our long-term goal is to introduce a novel neuromuscular mechanism for age-associated balance impairment as a target for diagnostic testing and rehabilitation to prevent falls in older adults.


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