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Dr. Robert Catena's Gait and Posture Biomechanics Lab
Pregnant individuals fall at a rate of >25%, similar to elderly adults. Their low back pain rate (>50%) is higher than any other typical group. The neuromuscular issues during pregnancy leading to increased falls and pain have the potential to lead to long term health consequences. The causes and effective preventative measures beyond bed rest are unknown.
In the Gait and Posture Biomechanics Lab, we study why pregnant individuals have such a high incidence of falls and pain, and mechanisms to make them safer in their everyday activities. We are conducting research primarily in biomechanical, neurocognitive, and physiological contributors to dynamic balance control issues and pain during pregnancy. Our goals are to (1) reduce falls and the resultant injuries, (2) understand how different sensory, cognitive, physiological, and musculoskeletal factors influence balance control in the general population, (3) develop methods for reducing pain inducing movements.
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 scientists.

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