Responsible HRP Element:
Human Health Countermeasures
Active - Task currently funded
There have been no rigorous evaluations of locomotion biomechanics on the ISS. The objective of this evaluation is to collect biomechanical data from crew members during treadmill exercise prior to and during flight.
The specific aims of this study are to:
- Quantify joint kinematics during treadmill locomotion on the ISS, and to compare those to treadmill locomotion on Earth.
- Develop a computer model that will assess locomotion speed and external loading condition influences upon joint torque.
- Determine the combination of subject load and speed that optimize joint loading during in-flight treadmill exercise in order model kinematics differences in different gravitational environments as well as to better inform exercise prescription.
The installation of T2 with its capacity to measure ground reaction forces offers for the first time the available data collection capability to perform inflight biomechanical analyses of treadmill exercise on ISS.