Clinical Biomechanics Laboratory

P.T., Ph.D., Professor

In the laboratory of clinical biomechanics, we aim to contribute to the development of rehabilitation and physical therapy through research works.  Human motions, from young to old, patients and athletes, are measured and analyzed using non-invasive equipment such as optical and magnetic motion capture system, force plate, electromyography, and ultrasonic diagnostic equipment. Especially, by focusing on the mechanical property of the muscle and joint, and their relation with motor function, which is the most important part of physical therapy, we aim to develop effective method of treatment and prevention.

Research and Education

We aim to develop the academic frameworks of physical therapy through education, research, and practice, and to restore the achievement to clinical situations.  Physical therapists that have both the clinical ability to treat and the ability to investigate the effectiveness of their treatment are needed.  Physical therapists and students who are interested in the motor system rehabilitation are welcome to join us and work to develop physical therapy. The ongoing studies are as follows;
  1. Research on the effects of stretching.
  2. Development of effective therapeutic interventions for hip and knee OA.
  3. Analysis of gait and neuromuscular function in patients with hip OA.
  4. Development of neuromuscular-training program.
  5. Longitudinal study of relationship between disease progression and motion characteristics in patients with hip and knee OA.
  6. Electromyographic analysis of strength training.
  7. Evaluation of muscle stiffness using ultrasonic elastography
  8. Morphological study in muscles using ultrasonography
  9. Kinematics of the shoulder, hip and knee
  10. Research of age-related changes on physical fitness and muscle function
  11. Research and development of physical function assessment and training program for elderly people
  12. Clinical research on the preventions of falls and the need for long-term care
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  1. Inverse and forward dynamics analysis of gait
  2. EMG analysis of neuromuscular coordination
  3. Change of muscle hardness during stretching
  4. Measurement of 3-dimensional scapular movement during arm elevation

Recent Publications

  1. Ichihashi N, Ikezoe T, Sato S, Ibuki S. Gait asymmetry assessment for older adults by measuring circular gait speed. Geriatr Gerontol Int. 2019 May 20. doi: 10.1111/ggi.13691. [Epub ahead of print]
  2. Ikezoe T, Kobayashi T, Nakamura M, Ichihashi N. Effects of low-load, higher-repetition versus high-load, lower-repetition resistance training not performed to failure on muscle strength, mass, and echo intensity in healthy young men: a time-course study. J Strength Cond Res. 2017 Oct 7. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000002278. [Epub ahead of print]
  3. Pataky TC, Vanrenterghem V, Robinson M, Liebl D. On the validity of statistical parametric mapping for nonuniformly and heterogeneously smooth one-dimensional biomechanical data. J Biomech. 2019 Jun 25;91:114-123. doi: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2019.05.018.
  4. Tateuchi H,Akiyama H,Goto K,So K,Kuroda Y,Ichihashi N. Gait- and posture-related factors associated with changes in hip pain and physical function in patients with secondary hip osteoarthritis: a prospective cohort study. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2019 May 1. pii: S0003-9993(19)30293-X. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2019.04.006. [Epub ahead of print]
  5. Taniguchi M, Yamada Y, Ichihashi N. Acute effect of multiple sets of fatiguing resistance exercise on muscle thickness, echo intensity and extracellular-to-intracellular water ratio. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 2019. [In press]


Professor : Noriaki Ichihashi
Associate Professor : Tome Ikezoe
Associate Professor : PATAKY Todd
Associate Professor : Hiroshige Tateuchi
Assistant Proffesor : Masashi Taniguchi
Assistant Proffesor : Megumi Ota