Neuromechanics Lab

The Neuromechanics Laboratory is run by Dr. Nicholas Murray and its primary role is to research neurological disorders, specifically sport-related concussion, and how human motion is influenced following diagnosis or injury. Our state-of-the-art facility houses a 10-camera Qualisys motion capture system, AMTI force platforms, a multi-tile Tekscan Strideway, a VERT team system, Eye Link II eye tracker, and numerous other pieces of equipment. These pieces of equipment allow us to analyze human gait, posture, and vision from a biomechanical perspective.

This facility is partnered with University of Nevada, Reno sports-medicine and numerous community affiliates to provide baseline and post-injury assessments of sport-related concussion which include clinical- and laboratory-based assessments. Our comprehensive assessments aid in informing clinicians about the potential clinical trajectory and/or to what extent of an individual is impaired following a neurological insult.

Our research team is comprised of a multidisciplinary team that spans sports-medicine, kinesiology, and neuroscience which enables us to evaluate most neurological disorders. Please contact us if you have need of any baseline or post-injury evaluations.

Funding Sources:

  • National Institutes of Health
  • Pennington Foundation

Concussion testing

Our lab facility offers free concussion screening that can be requested by a physician, parent or patient.

What to expect on your visit

This testing includes assessment of balance, vision, and cognition. It takes approximately 30 minutes to complete; however, times may vary based on your individual needs. During your appointment, if you need to see a physician for further clearance or would like to be in contact with our of preferred rehabilitation experts, we will provide a list of preferred individuals that you may contact to schedule an appointment.

Concussion testing contacts

Sushma Alphonsa
Email: salphonsa@unr.edu

Nicholas Murray
Email: nicholasmurray@unr.edu
Phone: (775) 682-8347

Neuromechanics lab director, Nicholas Murray, with lab team members
Neuromechanics lab director, Nicholas Murray, with lab team members
Nicholas Murray smiling at the camera while students behind him work on the walking test in the neuromechanics lab
Nicholas Murray holds up his hand and directs a lab participant through a test

Neuromechanics Laboratory staff

Headshot of Nicholas MurrayNicholas G. Murray, Director
Phone: (775) 682-8347
Fax: (775) 784-1340
Email: nicholasmurray@unr.edu

Website: ResearchGate profile

Staff:

Brian Szekely, Ph.D. student
bszekely@nevada.unr.edu

Phil Pavilionis, CHS lecturer and ATC
ppavilionis@unr.edu

Susha Alponsa, Post-doctoral researcher
salphonsa@unr.edu

Recent Publications

1. Nicholas G. Murray+, Brian Szekely, Ryan Moran, Douglas Powell, Barry A. Munkasy, Thomas Buckley, Kevin Guskiewicz. (In Press). Concussion history associated with increased postural control deficits after subsequent injury. Physiological Measurement.

2. Nicholas G. Murray+, Rebecca J. Reed-Jones, Brian Szekely, Douglas Powell (In Press). Clinical Assessment of Balance in Adults with Concussion: Update from the field. Seminars in Speech and Language. Solicited special issue.

3. Thomas A. Buckley+, Jessie R. Oldham, Daniel J. Watson, Nicholas G. Murray, Barry A. Munkasy, Kelsey M. Evans. (2018). Repetitive Head Impacts in Football are not Associated with Changes in Dynamic Postural Control. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. Epub, DOI: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000001761

4. Jenna Morogiello, Nicholas G. Murray+, Tamerah Hunt, Brian Szekely, Brandonn Harris, George Shaver (2018). The Effect of Acute Paint on Executive Function: A Preliminary Study. Journal of Clinical and Translational Research. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18053/jctres.04.201802.003

5. Nicholas G. Murray+, Cody Grotewold, Brian J. Szkeley, Douglas Powell, Barry Munkasy (2018). Validity and Reliability of the Balance Tracking System during Feet Together Stance. Measurement.126, October, p. 96-101.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.measurement.2018.05.039