The UCF Neuromuscular Plasticity Laboratory has the equipment, technology, and expertise needed to perform objective, well-controlled experiments. Much of our equipment is portable, making it easy to collect data not only in the laboratory, but also in clinics, hospitals, schools, and athletic settings. Our areas of specialization and associated equipment include:
Neuromuscular Physiology- The UCF Neuromuscular Plasticity Laboratory is particularly interested in understanding how the brain and spinal cord control muscles, and how this information changes in response to aging, disuse, and various exercise/rehabilitation interventions. This information can be studied during voluntary contractions or involuntarily via stimulation of the motor cortex, nerves, and muscles.
Delsys Trigno wireless surface EMG system
Delsys surface EMG signal decomposition analyses (dEMG)
Magstim BiStim2 Transcranial magnetic stimulator
DS7AH Constant Current Stimulator
Muscle Performance- Our laboratory’s primary research areas involve the analysis of muscle strength, weakness, and fatigue. Each of these measurements can be performed in conjunction with electromyography (EMG), which allows for a better understanding of the neuromuscular system’s control of muscle force. We believe that there is scientific value in studying the performance of an individual muscle group, as well as the whole body.
Biodex System 4 isokinetic dynamometer
AMTI Accupower portable force plate
Custom-built isometric devices for testing of the knee extensors and elbow flexors
Body Composition and Muscle Size and Quality- Our laboratory has the ability to study body composition (i.e., body fat and muscle mass) with the use of ultrasound, DXA, and BIS measurements. These tools can be used to compare groups of individuals or track changes in muscle hypertrophy/atrophy or fat mass in response to various interventions. B-mode ultrasound also allows for imaging of tendons and ligaments.
GE NextGen LOGIQ e Portable Ultrasound
ImpediMed SFB7 bioimpedance spectroscopy (BIS) device
GE Lunar dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry
Lange skinfold calipers and circumferences
Exercise Training- On occasion, our studies will involve training interventions in which members of the community will have the opportunity to engage in supervised exercise training. The UCF Neuromuscular Plasticity Laboratory has all of the exercise equipment needed to improve an individual’s muscle strength, fitness, and endurance.
Sole TT8 Treadmill
Sorinex Dark Horse Power Racks
Rogue Ohio bar and Rogue B&R bar
500+ lbs. of free weights
Cardiorespiratory Fitness- Cardiorespiratory fitness is an important predictor of aerobic exercise performance and also has important health implications. Our laboratory is well-equipped to examine ability of the body's circulatory and respiratory systems to supply fuel and oxygen during sustained physical activity.
ParvoMedics TrueOne® 2400 Metabolic Measurement System
Spirometry and maximum voluntary ventilation assessment
Lode Corival CPET Bike