Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science

  • Neuromuscular Biomechanics Laboratory

    Frey Law Laboratory


    Laura Frey Law, PT, PhD

    Research Interests

    Musculoskeletal Pain and Fatigue

    • Experimental pain models in humans to investigate individual differences
      • Sex-differences
      • Personality
      • Genetics
      • Using intramuscular infusions, cold pressor task or muscle fatigue
    • Factors contributing to fatigue differences
      • Sex-differences
      • Between-joint differences
    • Joint Strength and Fatigue
      • Modeling 3D strength surfaces
        • Males vs. Females
        • Strength percentiles
        • Major joints: knee, elbow, shoulder, wrist, trunk, hip, ankle
        • For digital human modeling application in collaboration with the Virtual Soldier Research Group and Center for Computer-aided Design
      • Muscle activation strategies
        • Muscle co-contraction during strength testing
      • Modeling Fatigue
        • Joint-level 3-compartment model
          • Joint-specific models

    Funding Sources

    • International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP, International Collaborative Research Grant)
    • National Institutes of Health (NIH, K12, K01, NRSA for student)
    • American Pain Society (APS, Future Leaders in Pain grant)
    • Department of Defense (through Virtual Research Soldier, VSR, program)
    • United States Council for Automotive Research (USCAR, subcontract through VSR)
    • Foundation for Physical Therapy (graduate student support in lab)
    • Carver College of Medicine (Carver Medical Research Initiative Grant)