The Musculoskeletal Performance Laboratory is equipped to examine muscle activation using non-invasive, clinically-based techniques. Equipment includes a Biopac Systems 8-channel surface electromyographic system for recording muscle activity, AcqKnowledge software for analyzing a variety of neuromuscular parameters, and a JTech Commander Power Track II Muscle Dynamometer for quantifying muscle force. The laboratory also houses a SonoSite diagnostic ultrasound machine to easily visualize various musculoskeletal structures. Areas of research conducted in this laboratory include strength and neuromuscular factors in individuals with patellofemoral pain, muscle activation during rehabilitation exercise to enhance exercise prescription, and the use of diagnostic ultrasound to enhance clinical decision-making.
• Comparison of hip and knee exercise protocols on function in subjects with patellofemoral
• Comparison of hip strength and core endurance in males with and without patellofemoral pain syndrome
• Association between trunk, hip, and knee muscle functions and performances during a single-leg squat test
• Sex-differences in activation of core muscles during spinal stabilization exercises
Bolgla LA, Earl-Boehm J, Emery CA, Hamstra-Wright KL, Ferber R. “Hip and Knee Strength in Males With and Without Patellofemoral Pain,” Physical Therapy in Sport, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ptsp.2014.11.001, 2014.
Ferber R, Bolgla LA, Earl-Boehm J, Emery C, Hamstra-Wright K. “Hip and Core versus Knee-Muscle Strengthening for the Treatment of Patellofemoral Pain: a multicentre randomized controlled trial,” Journal of Athletic Training, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.4085/1062-6050-49.3.70, 2014.
Bolgla LA, Cook N, Hogarth K, Scott J, West C. Trunk and hip electromyographic activity during single leg squat exercises. Do sex differences exist?” International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy, 9(6): 756-764, 2014.
Cruz MF, Jordan SS, Bolgla LA. “Achilles Tendon Rupture,” Journal of Orthopaedic and
Sports Physical Therapy, 43(2): 105, 2013.
Powers CM, Bolgla LA, Callaghan M, Collins N, Sheehan F. “Patellofemoral Pain: Proximal, Distal, and Local Factors. 2nd International Research Retreat,” Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, 42(6): A1-A20, 2012.
Reiman MP, Bolgla LA, Loudon JK. “A Literature Review of Studies Evaluating Gluteus Maximus and Gluteus Medius Activation during Rehabilitation Exercise,” Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 28(4): 257-268, 2012.
Bolgla LA, Malone TR, Uhl TL, Umberger BR. “Comparison of Hip and Knee Strength and Neuromuscular Activity in Subjects with and without Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome,” International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy, 6(4): 285-296, 2011.
Bolgla LA, Boling MC. “An Update for the Conservative Management of Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome: A Systematic Review of the Literature from 2000 to 2010,” International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy, 6(2): 112-125, 2011.
Bolgla LA, Malone TR, Uhl TL, Umberger BR. “Reliability of Electromyographic Methods Used for Assessing Hip and Knee Neuromuscular Activity in Females Diagnosed with Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome,” Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, 20: 142-147, 2010.
Reiman MP, Bolgla LA, Lorenz D. “The Influence of Hip Function on Knee Dysfunction: A Proximal Link to a Distal Problem,” Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, 18(1): 33-46, 2009.
Jacobs CA, Lewis M, Bolgla LA, Christensen CP, Nitz AJ, Uhl TL. “Electromyographic Analysis of Hip Abductor Exercises Performed by Total Hip Arthroplasty Patients.” Journal of Arthroplasty, 24(7): 1130-1136, 2009.
Bolgla LA, Shaffer S, Malone TR. “Vastus Medius Activation during Knee Extension Exercises. Evidence for exercise prescription,” Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, 16(1): 1-10, 2008.
Bolgla LA, Malone TR, Uhl TL, Umberger BR. “Hip Strength and Hip and Knee Kinematics during Stair Descent in Females with and without Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome,” The Journal of Orthopaedics and Sports Physical Therapy, 38(1): 12-18, 2008.
Bolgla LA, Uhl TL: “Reliability of Electromyographic Normalization Methods for Evaluating the Hip Musculature,” Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, 17(1): 102-111, 2007.
Boling MC, Bolgla LA, Mattacola CM, Uhl TL, Hosey R. “Outcomes of a Weight-Bearing Rehabilitation Program for Patients Diagnosed with Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome,” Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 87(11): 1428-1435, 2006.
Bolgla LA, Malone TR: “Exercise Prescription and Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome. Evidence for Rehabilitation,” Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, 14(1): 72-88, 2005.
Bolgla LA, Uhl TL: “Electromyographic Analysis of the Hip Musculature in Healthy Subjects,” Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, 35(8): 487-494, 2005.
Bolgla LA, Malone TR: “Plantar Fasciitis and the Windlass Mechanism. A Biomechanical Link to Clinical Practice,” Journal of Athletic Training, 39(1): 77-82, 2004.
Bolgla LA, Keskula DR: “A Biomechanical Approach toward the Evaluation and Treatment of Lower Leg Dysfunction,” Athletic Therapy Today, 8(5): 6-12, 2003.
Bolgla LA, Keskula DR, Duncan JB: “The Effect of a Simulated Knee Effusion on Lower Extremity Performance,” Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, 11(2): 79-88, 2002.
Bolgla LA, Jones DL, Keskula DR, Duncan JB: “Hip Pain in a High School Football Player: A Case Report,” Journal of Athletic Training, 36(1): 81-84, 2001.
Bolgla LA, Keskula DR: “A Review of the Relationship between Knee Effusion, Quadriceps Inhibition and Knee Performance,” Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, 9:160-168, 2000.
Bolgla LA, Keskula DR: “Intrarater Reliability of Functional Performance Tests,” Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, 26(3): 138-142, 1997.
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