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Dr. Man-Soo Ko

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Department of Physical Therapy

Associate Professor
  • Ph.D., Rehabilitation Science, University of Florida
  • B.S., Physical Therapy, Daegu University, South Korea
  • Gross anatomy
  • Biomechanics
  • Research methods

Areas of Expertise:

  • Motion analysis
  • EMG
  • Gait
  • Balance
  • Body weight support treadmill training
  • Gait initiation in people with neurological deficits
  • Patello-femoral pain syndrome in athletes
  • Off-loading in people with diabetes
  • Walking speed

Dr. Ko was born in Daegu, South Korea. He received his B.S. degree in physical therapy from the Daegu University in February 1999. Dr. Ko completed his Ph.D. in the Rehabilitation Science program at the University of Florida in May 2006. His doctoral research employed a post stroke population to identify the immediate effect on gait initiation according to limb loading conditions.

Dr. Ko was a faculty member of University of Texas El Paso from 2006-2008. He taught Research Methods for health professional graduate students with an emphasis on the usage of statistical packages. He also taught Adult Neuro-rehab and Medical Kinesiology for 1st and 2nd year physical therapy graduate students. Dr. Ko joined the Physical Therapy Department at Angelo State University in August 2008. He teaches Biomechanics, Research and Motor Development.

A short-term research interest is directed toward understanding the neuromuscular organization and control characteristics underlying bilateral coordination of the lower limbs during the initiation of gait. A long-term goal is the development of rehabilitation strategies for the functional improvement of adults with neurological deficits (such as hemiparesis) due to stroke, traumatic brain injury, and Parkinson’s disease.

Dr. Ko is currently engaged in the following research areas: 1) foot plantar pressure in people with diabetics; and 2) the biomechanical measurement and brain imagery (EEG) to understand and quantify how bilateral coordination between lower limbs improves walking patterns in persons with hemiparesis.

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