The Muscle Morphology, Mechanics, and Performance Laboratory (3MAP Lab) is located at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, and linked to Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center (RMR VAMC) through the Eastern Colorado Health Care System Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (ECHS GRECC). Laboratory facilities are also available to member investigators of the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI).
Current laboratory efforts include the development of sonographic methods for sarcopenia and myosteatosis screening. We are also exploring the physiologic advantages of eccentric muscle actions for use in rehabilitation interventions for older adults.
In addition to non-invasive morphology assessment via sonography, our activities include characterizing motor performance through the development or refinement of methods such as force control testing, anaerobic fatigue measurement, maximal force and torque testing, and functional batteries.