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Center for Human Performance Measurement Core Facility

logoWelcome to the Center for Human Performance Measurement (CHPM)! This is a Re-charge Center Facility directed by Dr. Yo Shih, Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences.  The CHPM is equipped with a 12-camera Qualisys™ motion capture system with 4 in-floor AMTI™ force plates and a 16-channel Noraxon™ electromyography system. All processed data are analyzed through a Visual 3-D™ software package.

Center staff are able to provide a comprehensive, interprofessional study of normal and disordered human performance that optimizes function, including assumption of sitting, walking, running, lifting, carrying, jumping, throwing, or dancing. The output of motion analysis provides data and reports to researchers, educators, health care providers, students, and the public state-of-the-art measures related to human performance of basic daily activities, forms and modes of locomotion, and of elite, skilled or disordered movement.

The purpose of the CHPM is to advance human performance measurement to enhance health and well-being through the development and application of new knowledge, guided by the principles of promoting discovery through research in human performance science and proving evidence to validate interventions that promote optimal performance, set on achieving the following goals:

  • research human performance to minimize injury risk and promote excellence in performance;
  • educate health care students and practitioners to become leaders in human performance measurement that promotes optimal performance;
  • provide service to researchers, educators, and clinicians via valid measures of human performance.



Yo Shih, PhD, PT
I am an Assistant Professor in Rehabilitation Science at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. My research focuses on understanding the association between the alternative sensory inputs and postural control in individuals with amputation and peripheral sensory disorder through biomechanical and neurophysiological studies. To answer my research questions, I utilized a variety of research equipment including motion analysis system, transcranial magnetic stimulation, electromyography, electroencephalogram, instrumented treadmill, and wearable sensors. My work aims to inform the development of rehabilitation and injury prevention strategies for populations with movement dysfunctions. I enjoy visiting national parks and outdoor activities such as hiking and climbing.


Len Wilson, MS
Research Technician
I am a biomedical research technician in the College of Allied Health at University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. I have BS degrees in electrical engineering and microbiology and MS degrees in computer science and biomedical engineering. I previously worked for the USAF as an electronics engineer before retiring in 2013.



Mackenzie Prescott, SPT-2
Graduate Research Assistant
I am a student at University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, in the College of Allied Health’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program. This is my second year in the DPT program, and I have one year remaining. I have previously worked at a Level One Trauma Center as a Rehabilitation Aide at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah, and loved my time with the therapists, staff and patients there. I have previously presented at Citizen’s Scholar Conference regarding peer-based suicide prevention programs within the state of Utah and their impact on the suicide rate within Utah.I enjoy all things food and music related as well as Disney, and one of my goals in life is to visit every Disney Park in the world.



Wei-Han Chen, PhD
Visiting scholar
I am a short-term visiting scholar (Sep 2022 to Feb 2023) in the Department of Rehabilitation Science at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.  I come from a beautiful country, Taiwan, and I am a postdoctoral researcher at Graduate Institute of Sports Equipment Technology at the University of Taipei. My research areas are sport biomechanics, wearable technology, and battle rope training. I love to research how to help people and athletes improve their health and performance in smarter and more efficient ways. For example, develop wearable devices to detect important motion data and training load and advanced training methods. Besides being a scientist, I am also a runner, badminton player, and martial artist (Tai-Chi). I do exercise every day because it can make me strong and pleasant.


Pranay Patlolla
High School Intern
I am a Senior at the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics. Before attending OSSM, I attended Edmond Santa Fe High School. On my own time, I enjoy many hobbies such as hanging out with friends, playing basketball, and volunteering around the community. I have been involved in many different activities including Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation’s Teen Board, Children’s Health Foundation Teen Board, Oklahoma Club Med, and Operation HOIST. Before joining this lab, I had prior experience in other labs at the OU College of Allied Health. My main research interest is the fields of neuroscience and sports medicine. Looking forward, my dream is to go to medical school and pursue a career in medicine. Furthermore, I am most passionate about using medicine to one day positively impact the world.


Mike O'Dwyer, SPT-1, MS
Graduate Research Assistant
I am a student at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, in the College of Allied Health’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. I am in my first year in the program. My previous education includes a Bachelor of Science from Coastal Carolina University in Exercise and Sport Science and a Master of Science in Kinesiology with a concentration in Biomechanics from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville. My previous research was focused mainly on ACL injury risk factors in female athletes. I have also worked as a Physical Therapy technician in Corpus Christi, TX where I was able to put my passions of examining human movement and helping others together. In my spare time, I enjoy watching sports (baseball, football, and especially rugby), cooking and baking, and playing with my dog. 

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  • Shih Y, Fisher BE, Smith JA, Powers CM. Corticomotor Excitability of Gluteus Maximus Is Associated with Hip Biomechanics During a Single-Leg Drop-Jump. Journal of Motor Behavior; 2021;53(1):40-46.
  • Shih Y, Teng HL, Powers CM. Leg Stiffness Predicts Ground Reaction Force Loading Rate in Heel-strike Runners. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 2019 Aug;51(8):1692-1697.
  • Chen WH, Hsieh CF, Chan MS, Shih Y, Chen CH, Shiang TY. Optimal shear cushion stiffness at different gait speeds. Journal of Biomechanics 2019 Aug;93:226-230.
  • Shih Y, Chen YC, Lee YS, Chan MS, Shiang TY. Walking beyond preferred transition speed increases muscle activations with a shift from inverted pendulum to spring mass model in lower extremity. Gait Posture. 2016 May;46:5-10
  • Shih Y, Ho CS, Shiang TY. Measuring kinematic changes of the foot using a gyro sensor during intense running. Journal of Sports Sciences. 2014;32(6):550-6.
  • Shih Y, Lin KL, Shiang TY. Is the foot striking pattern more important than shod conditions in running? Gait and Posture. 2013 Jul;38(3):490-494.
  • Veirs KP, Baldwin JD Veirs KP, Baldwin JD, Rippetoe J, Fagg AH, Haleem A, Jeffries L., Randall K, Sisson S, Dionne CP, (2020). Multi-Segment Assessment of Ankle and Foot Kinematics during Relevé Barefoot and En Pointe. Journal of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Practice, 32; 3; 167-175.

Center for Human Performance Facility
The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Department of Rehabilitation Sciences
1200 North Stonewall Ave
AHB 3020
Oklahoma City, OK 73117

(405) 271-2131 ext 47161