Christopher M. Modlesky

Areas of Expertise

  • bone physiology
  • magnetic resonance imaging
  • dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry
  • cerebral palsy
  • movement disorders


  • physical inactivity and musculoskeletal health
  • identification of treatments that improve musculoskeletal health in individuals with movement disorders


  •  PhD in Exercise Science, 2002
    University of Georgia


 706-542-4424 (office)

Research Summary

The primary goal of the Neuromusculoskeletal Health Laboratory is to develop robust indicators of musculoskeletal health and to identify effective treatment strategies that increase physical activity and combat bone and muscle deficits in children with movement disorders. We have a special interest in cerebral palsy, the most common movement disorder in children. To assess musculoskeletal health we use novel magnetic resonance imaging techniques and dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry. We are currently conducting a randomized controlled trial to assess the effect of a mild vibration treatment on muscle development, physical activity and balance in children with spastic cerebral palsy.