Welcome to the Rylander Group

We are a motion-capture biomechanics research group located in Waco, TX. Our primary objective is to quantify human movement through placement of reflective markers on the body. Our long term goals are:

  • To characterize the underlying injury mechanisms for orthopaedic problems
  • To develop/assess treatment interventions for orthopaedic conditions through innovative, objective, quantifiable methods
  • To identify early detection/risk markers for orthopaedic conditions
  • To refine/develop new devices that could aid in prevention and treatment for orthopaedic conditions
  • To validate technologies that improve in-clinic and at-home physical therapy following injury and treatment

The importance of movement is most critically on display when observing those who are inhibited in their ability to ambulate normally and without pain. This is observed in athletes with extreme hip pain, older individuals with debilitating joint arthritis, and most profoundly in soldiers who have lost portions of their lower limbs. Our research is motivated by these individuals and others who suffer from mobility impairment and is focused on understanding the underlying injury mechanisms that lead to joint damage and on using scientific approaches to quantify outcomes for interventions aimed at treating lower limb injury/disability and overall stability. We are under the mechanical engineering department at Baylor University, and our laboratory is located in the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative (BRIC).