A lab dedicated to understanding the biomechanical risk factors to injury, specifically in those with lower limb amputation, during work-related performance. Human performance at work typically includes walking at varying speeds as well as lifting and carrying.
Dr. Dionne is interested in:
- prevention of injury to the residual lower limb (trans-tibial or trans-femoral) during performance of work-related activities in working-age adults;
- understanding the muscle activity or load-bearing that occurs within the residual limb inside the socket during work activity performance;
- understanding the bone health in the residual lower limb;
- comparing work performance and residual limb tissue health in those with lower limb amputation due to trauma, cancer, blood circulatory problems or diabetes;
- comparing work performance in those with osteomyoplastic amputation with traditional approaches;
- constructing a set of risk criteria that would predict or forewarn clinicians of biomechanical injury risk to the residual limb;
- developing intervention strategies that would expedite and improve work performance and minimize risk of injury to the residual lower limb, regardless of cause for amputation.