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Dr. Robert Catena's Gait and Posture Biomechanics Lab
Pregnant individuals fall at a rate similar to older adults, but are endangering themselves and their unborn child. In the Gait and Posture Biomechanics Lab we are conducting research primarily in dynamic balance during pregnancy with the goals of (1) reducing falls and the resultant injuries for pregnant individuals and (2) understanding how different sensory, cognitive, physiological, and musculoskeletal factors influence balance control in the general population. We study why pregnant individuals have such a high incidence of falls and mechanisms to make them safer in their everyday activities. The continued prevalence of falls indicates that the problem is far from being solved, but through our productivity and collaborations we are advancing dynamic balance research and on our way to reducing fall risks. Beyond our research goals, the lab provides students the opportunity to use some of the most advanced movement analysis equipment, gain experience in conducting scientific research, and develop skills necessary to become exceptional researchers.

Phone: (509) 335-4250          Email:          Location: Smith Gym 19 and 21, Pullman WA 99164-1410