Areas of Study

Athletic Training and Sports Medicine

Current research strengths include: sport injury risk assessment and epidemiology, the application of assessment models to specific subsets of athletic populations, MR and thermal imaging of tissue and healing, and skeletal muscle regeneration following injury.

Biomechanics

Research is grounded in mechanics, anatomy, and physiology. Faculty are currently studying mobility during terrain transitions, modeling of the human musculoskeletal system, and the science of strength training in athletes.

Exercise Physiology

Research focuses on insulin, glucose, and protein metabolism; skeletal muscle function; environmental stress; and the impact of exercise and other forms of physiological strain on the development of chronic conditions associated with advancing age.

History and Philosophy of Sport

Current research focuses include role of sport in the creation of modern societies, the ethics of fair play, the mind-body problem, and the nature of play.

Motor Control

Motor Control faculty are currently studying: information and movement dynamics; mental retardation and motor skills; control of posture, multi-joint reaching; the neurophysiological mechanisms of the production of voluntary movements; and neural processes responsible for coordinating complex musculoskeletal mechanics.

Psychology of Physical Activity

Research themes include: psychosocial determinants of exercise behavior; assessing physical activity interventions to promote health; cognitive and affective aspects of motor skill acquisition; and psychological causes and consequences of sport injury.