The Falls Lab houses a 2-degree-of-freedom motion-platform for studying balance control. The 7x3 m platform is made up of 8 large force plates. This specialized equipment will allow balance disturbances to be applied in a well-controlled and safe manner while subjects engage in various tasks. The platform allows scientists to study compensatory reactions to unexpected perturbations created by platform movements in the horizontal plane. These movements can be random or can be triggered by an event. The platform is capable of high accelerations and velocities with total displacements of up to 2m in the horizontal plane. The motion path can be linear in any direction or can be comprised of combinations of different X and Y motions during gait, stance and seated postures.
The Falls Lab is located at Toronto Rehab’s University Centre at 550 University Avenue, Toronto.