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PT Research

In addition to teaching, faculty in the Krannert School of Physical Therapy are dedicated researchers who investigate new and innovative ways to treat patients with a wide array of needs, from rehabilitation following injury or surgery, to managing the effects of chronic illness. Students in the Krannert School of Physical Therapy work closely with faculty on research efforts in the classroom, in our Movement Science Lab, and in the community.

Current research

Though participants have reported anecdotal success for years, new research by UIndy physical therapy professor Stephanie Combs-Miller and her students provides evidence for the first time that people with Parkinson disease who participate in boxing training maintain greater physical ability and quality of life than those who participate in other modes of exercise. Hear Combs-Miller talk about her research in this video.

Movement Science Lab

The Krannert School of Physical Therapy's Movement Science Lab is a state-of-the art, 1,650-square foot facility dedicated to research in biomechanics, motor control, and rehabilitation physiology. For more information, contact Director of Research Stephanie Combs-Miller PT, PhD.

UIndy's Movement Science Lab is a state-of-the art, 1,650-square foot facility dedicated to research in biomechanics, motor control, and rehabilitation physiology.
The Krannert School of Physical Therapy's Movement Science Lab is a state-of-the art facility dedicated to research in biomechanics, motor control, and rehabilitation physiology.

The Movement Science Lab’s equipment includes:

  • 10-camera Vicon analysis system integrated with two BP600900 AMTI force plates and one AMTI  S/N 500 I-400E force plate each with 6-channel amplifier signal conditioner
  • 2 Motion Monitor Flock of Birds electromagnetic motion analysis systems
  • 7 MTw™ Xsens inertial measurement units with software
  • 16-foot platinum GAITRite™ walkway system
  • Gaitkeeper Treadmill (model 200SA) with LiteGait® body-weight support system (Mobility Research, Inc.)
  • TrueOne 2400 Metabolic System (Parvo Medic, Inc.) with Woodway Desmo-S Pro Treadmill
  • 3 StepWatch Activity Monitors with software (Modus Health, LLC)

Research Partners

  • Clarkson University
  • Community Rehabilitation Hospital (Indianapolis)
  • Eskenazi Health
  • Franciscan, St. Francis Alliance (Mooresville)
  • Indiana Institute for Prosthetics
  • Indiana University – Methodist Hospital
  • Indiana University, Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Rock Steady Boxing
  • Seattle University
  • University of Indianapolis School of Occupational Therapy
  • University of Indianapolis School of Psychological Sciences
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Puget Sound
  • Washington University in St. Louis