Research Team Collaborations Publications





The field of research of our lab is the physiology and the biomechanics of terrestrial locomotion and the analysis of movements in sports (particularly in gymnastics and in track and field). At €first glance, there are many different modes of terrestrial locomotion: some vertebrates move on Earth on two legs while others use four. ey walk, amble, trot, pace, canter, gallop, hop, etc. Intrinsic factors (morphology, development, pathologies...) or extrinsic factors (slope or softness of the terrain, carrying a load, obstacles, gravity ...) may modify the pattern of locomotion (stride length, step frequency, muscular activity, ...). The aim of our research is to understand how the human system adapts to these particular situations.

The current projects are : 

  • The effect of gravity on the muscular control of landing from a jump,
  • Biomechanical and physiological aspects of jumping over an obstacle while running in human,
  • The effect of a perturbation when running ant its motor control,
  • The double contact phase in walking.




Principal investigator

  • SCHEPENS Bénédicte, PhD (Head of the research group)
  • BASTIEN Guillaume, PhD
  • DE JAEGER Dominique, PhD
  • DEWOLF Arthur, PhD
  • HEGLUND Norman C., PhD, emeritus
  • PENTA Massimo, PhD
  • WILLEMS Patrick, PhD, emeritus

PhD students 

  • BREBELS Romain, PhD Student
  • DE CLERCK Célia, PhD Student
  • IVANISKI MELLO André, PhD Student
  • KABORE Pegdwende, PhD Student
  • MESQUITA Raphaël, PhD Student
  • NGUYEN Phan The, PhD Student
  • NUNEZ-LISBOA Mario, PhD Student
  • TOUSSAINT Thibaut, PhD Student
  • VAN Le, PhD Student

Postdoctorate Fellow

  • CATAVITELLO Giovanna, Postdoctorate Fellow

Technical and administrative staff


Scientific collaborator

  • DJIVOH Yollande
  • GAMBELLI Clément
  • GOSSEYE Thierry





Pedagogic collaborators 

  • Stéphane BEAUME
  • Thierry DELEUZE
  • Jean-Philippe DEMARET
  • Frédéric LEROY 

Scientific National Collaborations 

  • Peter AERTS (Laboratory for Functional Morphology, Department of Biology, Universiteit of Antwerp)
  • Guillaume BASTIEN (Arsalis - Commission d'encadrement de physiologie et de biomécanique de la locomotion - UCLouvain - FSM)
  • Stephane BAUDRY (ULB)
  • Yannick BLEYENHEUFT (UCLouvain)
  • Dirck DECLERCQ (Department of Movement and Sport Sciences, Universiteit of Gent)
  • Christine DETREMBLEUR (Commission d'encadrement de réadaptation et de médecine physique - READ)
  • Massimo PENTA, Thierry GOSSEYE (Arsalis)
  • Ann HALLEMANS (Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy, Universiteit Antwerpen)

Scientific International Collaborations 

  • (Dipartimento di Fisiopatologia e dei Trapianti, Sezione di Fisiologia Umana, Universita Degli Studi di Milano – Italy)
  • Pietro DI PRAMPERO (Istituto di Fisiologia Umana, Universita di Udine, Italy)
  • Trevor DREW (Centre de Recherche en Sciences Neurologiques - Université de Montréal - Canada)
  • Walter HERZOG (Human Performance Laboratory, University of Calgary, Canada)
  • E. SEMINATI, G. PAVEI (Dept. of Pathophysiology and Transplantation, University of Milan - Italy)
  • Daniel THEISEN, Laboratoire de Recherche en Médecine du Sport, Centre de Recherche Public - Santé, GD de Luxembourg
  • K. ZELIK, F. LACQUANTI (Scientific Institute Santa Lucia, Dept. of Neuroscience, University of Rome " Tor Vergata " - Italy)
  • Mark CARPENTER (School of Kinesiology, University of British Columbia, Canada)
  • Pr. LACQUANITI and Dr. IVANENKO from Santa Lucia Foundation (Roma, Italy)
  • Pr L. PEYRE-TARTARUGA from Universidate Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (Porto Alegre, Brazil)
  • Pr DI PRAMPERO and Dr OSGNACH from Uniud international (Udine, Italy)
  • Pr ZBINDEN from Universidad Finis Terrae (UFT, Santiago do Chile)
  • Pr G. PAVEI and A. MINETTI, Universita degli studi di Milano (UNIMI)