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Welcome to the Biomechanics Laboratory!
Georgia State University in
downtown Atlanta has a rich legacy in biomechanics. The centerpiece
laboratory is a 2800 square foot research facility located in the Sports
Arena Building. The lab has a 2200 square foot performance
area with a 40 foot ceiling height, surrounded by a catwalk/observation area
located 15 feet above floor height to accommodate data collection and
instruction. An 8 foot X 10 foot floor-level modular force platform pit has
been constructed to allow for various placement of the lab's force
The lab was the site of all biomechanics research conducted during
the 1996 Olympic Games.
Research conducted during the games included projects in athletics,
baseball, diving, equestrian, gymnastics, softball, swimming, and
tennis. Dr. Ben Johnson and his group worked closely with the
International Olympic Committee and the principal investigators of each
of the projects to coordinate the efforts of over 100 international
researchers and their assistants over the course of the 1996 Games.
– An 8 camera 120
Hz real-time Motus motion analysis system allows for the interpretation
of various three-dimensional kinematic variables obtained through
digitization of body landmarks.
- Sixteen surface-dwelling electrodes allow for
simultaneous monitoring of the electrical activity of eight different
muscle groups ranging over distances of approximately 300 feet from the
recording computer system.
Data gathering yields information regarding anteroposterior
(front-to-back), mediolateral (side-to-side), and vertical forces and
- This system consists of three cameras capable
of operating at 240 pictures per second, allowing for detailed analyses
of high speed activities such as golf swings, sprinting, tennis serves
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