Task Biomechanical Analysis of Treadmill Locomotion on the International Space Station (Completed)
Last Published:  07/30/15 04:18:21 PM (Central)
Short Title: Treadmill Kinematics
Responsible HRP Element: Human Health Countermeasures
Collaborating Org(s):
Funding Status: Completed - Task completed and produced a deliverable
Procurement Mechanism(s):
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: 
  1. Quantify joint kinematics during treadmill locomotion on the ISS, and to compare those to treadmill locomotion on Earth.
  2. Develop a computer model that will assess locomotion speed and external loading condition influences upon joint torque.
  3. 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.

Integration/Unique Aspects: 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.