Nathan D. Schilaty, D.C., Ph.D., develops novel techniques to explore the neural activity that drives muscle performance. Dr. Schilaty applies this acquired information to develop innovative technologies to prevent, diagnose and treat injuries or movement disorders across the life span.
- Neuromechanics of movement. All movements of the body originate in the nervous system prior to signaling the muscles. Dr. Schilaty's research identifies neural mechanisms that affect the efficacy of motor control of athletes and neurological diseases.
- Sex differences of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury. A prevalence of ACL injuries occur in young adolescent females. Consequently, they are at higher risk of detrimental long-term effects from these significant injuries. Dr. Schilaty's research aims to reduce the sex disparity of this injury.
- Modeling of injury mechanisms. Dr. Schilaty's work allows for the understanding of injury mechanisms for improved prevention and rehabilitation of injuries. Injuries occur at rapid rates, and it's difficult to understand exactly how the mechanisms occur. Through successful modeling of injury mechanisms, either in vitro or in silico, it's possible to improve injury prevention and rehabilitation.
- Return to sport criteria for sport injury. The typical goal for injured athletes is to return to play as soon as possible. With complex injuries, this is sometimes difficult to determine and early return could lead to further complications or injury. Dr. Schilaty's research explores the objective criteria for return to sport to improve the clinical practice recommendation to athletes.
Significance to patient care
The research conducted by Dr. Schilaty aims to understand the mechanisms of injury in order to identify at-risk individuals and generate injury reduction interventions. His research has emphasis on the neural pathways that directly contribute to motor control and performance. Consequently, Dr. Schilaty's work will clinically translate into advancements in the treatment, diagnosis and prevention of athletic injuries, with particular emphasis to the ACL.