Joint Action Research Laboratory

Research Facility

Joint Action Research Laboratory
Dalhousie University
Nova Scotia (NS)

The Joint Action Research (JAR) Laboratory is located in the School of Physiotherapy, Dalhousie University. The JAR lab contains equipment for the analysis of human movement, biomechanics and muscle activation characteristics. We are interested in understanding how lower limb injuries and diseases to the muscles, bones or joints alter how people move, the effects of conservative and surgical treatments on movement based outcomes and the use of biomechanical outcomes in clinical decisions making.

  • Biological and Life Sciences
  • Biomedical
  • Engineering - Industrial, Mechanical, Electrical
  • Medical Sciences
  • Biomedical
  • Education
  • Health Care and Social Services

Research Facility

Derek Rutherford
Associate Professor

Industry Liaison Officer

Margaret Palmeter

Equipment 5 piece(s)

Motion Capture Cameras
OQUS 500

Optical motion capture for tracking reflective "marker" tragectories in three dimensional space

8 OQUS cameras. See Qualisys website for more details.


Motion Capture

Optical motion capture of reflective markers in three dimensional space. These cameras are portable and can be set up anywhere that stable tripods can be assembled.

6 cameras. See Qualisys website for details


Instrumented dual belt perturbation treadmill
Motek Forcelink. BV
R Mill

A walking treadmill that provides the opportunity to record three dimensional ground reaction forces from two independent forceplates. Also has the capacity to pitch forward/backward as if walking up and down hill. Treadmill can also translate side to side. These functions can be manually applied or programmed through a MATLAB Interface.

Dual Belt Instrumented treadmill

Pitch 10 degrees at rates up to 40 degrees/second

Sway 5 cm at rates 0.1m/s


Bortec Biomedical

Recording of muscle activation voltages from the surface of the skin.

JAR lab has 6 8-channel units. See Bortec Biomedical Inc website for details


Balance testing device
Balance Master

Assess static balance characteristics


Date submitted: Thu, Jul 26, 2018 6:24 AM
Date updated: Thu, Jul 26, 2018 10:44 AM

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