My research program assesses clinical rehabilitation techniques (e.g. personalized blood flow restriction training) and their impact on muscular performance, functional outcomes, and patient reported outcomes following orthopedic and sports related injuries/conditions involving the lower and upper extremities.
Michael Rosenthal, DSc
The lab is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment for measurement of muscle strength and function and the performance of blood flow restriction training.
- Blood Flow Restriction Training
Restoration of muscle strength, size, and function has proven to be difficult following injury or surgery involving the upper or lower extremities. Blood flow restriction training (BFRT) has been demonstrated to provide increased muscle strength and size while exercising at low loads in individuals without injury. We are investigating the impact of this training modality, using the Delfi Personalized Tourniquet System, on untrained individuals and the impact on individuals with various orthopedic injuries/conditions. Ultrasound imaging will be incorporated along with isolated and functional strength measures and patient reported outcome measures in these investigations.
- Strength training and testing for the posterior kinetic chain
There is evidence that weak hip and lumbar region musculature is associated with numerous orthopedic conditions in the lower extremities. While strength assessment often involves isolated testing, we are investigating how various tests and exercises for the hamstring muscle group influence, and are influenced by, adjacent posterior chain muscles. The Biodex isokinetic dynamometer, Noraxon EMG, and the NordBord are being utilized in these investigations.
- Evaluation of Rotational Hip Strength
There is evidence that weak hip musculature is associated with numerous conditions in the lower extremities. We are utilizing the Biodex isokinetic dynamometer to assess hip rotation strength in healthy young adults and will be transitioning to assess the utility of this measurement in individuals with lower extremity pathology.