Agility is the ability to make rapid, purposeful and controlled transitions between movement patterns. This fundamental walking skill is often compromised following neurological impairment.
Our research aims to understand the neuromechanical basis of human locomotor agility and to apply this knowledge to advance gait rehabilitation. Specifically, we are working to:
1) Improve the characterization and assessment of locomotor Stability and Maneuverability.
2) Develop novel interventions to optimize Human Agility
Keith Gordon is the Director of the Human Agility Laboratory. He is an Assistant Professor within the Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences at Northwestern University and a Research Scientist at the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital. Dr. Gordon completed post-doctoral training at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. He earned a PhD in Kinesiology from the University of Michigan, a master’s degree in Exercise and Nutritional Sciences from San Diego State University and a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from U.C. Davis. His research focuses on understanding the principles governing neuromechanical control of human locomotion and applying this knowledge to promote walking recovery following neurological injury. His laboratory employs an interdisciplinary experimental approach using robotic tools to examine whole-body human movement from a biomechanics and motor control perspective.