Kinesiology Research

Kinesiology Research

Kinesiology program faculty engage in cutting-edge research. Explore their work and potential collaboration opportunities through the links below to individual projects, programs and labs.

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Biomechanics Laboratory

Biomechanics Laboratory

The Biomechanics Laboratory focuses on clinical and ergonomic applications of biomechanics and motor control, with an emphasis on injury prevention. Both experimental and modeling approaches are used.

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Children & Youth with Disabilities Lab

Children & Youth with Disabilities Lab

The Children & Youth with Disabilities Lab is focused on improving quality of life for children and youth with and without disabilities through physical activity.

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Disability and Mobility Do-it-Yourself Co-Op

Disability and Mobility Do-it-Yourself Co-Op

The Disability and Mobility Do-it-Yourself Co-Op is dedicated to the design, prototyping, and testing of toy-based technologies and the development and implementation of play-based experiences that promote mobility and play.

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Human Performance Lab

Human Performance Lab

The Human Performance Lab research interests include exercise energy metabolism, athletic performance, and body composition.

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Inclusive Physical Activity Laboratory (iPal)

Inclusive Physical Activity Laboratory (iPAL)

The Inclusive Physical Activity Laboratory (iPal) is focused on promoting physical activity for individuals with disabilities across the lifespan through research on health disparities, assessment practices and intervention programs.

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Psychosocial Physical Activity Laboratory (2PLAY)

Psychosocial Physical Activity Laboratory (2PLAY)

The Psychosocial Physical Activity Laboratory (2PLAY) research foci include how to increase access to play, physical activity, and sport in children and adolescents, and how to leverage play, physical activity, and sport, to promote social-emotional development in children and adolescents.

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Sports Injury Prevention Research Group

Sports Injury Prevention Research Group

The Sports Injury Prevention Research Group utilizes cutting-edge instrumentation to identify factors that can be targeted in athletes/patients to prevent injury and improve performance.

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Translational Metabolism Research Laboratory

Translational Metabolism Research Laboratory

The Translational Metabolism Research Laboratory investigates the molecular and cellular basis of metabolic disease and lifestyle interventions. We employ sophisticated techniques to evaluate the role of lipids, mitochondria and various cellular processes in the development of skeletal muscle insulin resistance.

Recent publications

(This is not an exhaustive list. We are still rebuilding our database of faculty publications. Visit individual faculty profiles for more extensive lists of their publications.)

2024

Huang, Y., Mulligan, C.M., Johnson, S.T., Pollard, C.D., Hannigan, K., Stutzenberger, L., Norcross, M.F.  (2024)  Differential influence of quadriceps rate of torque development on single- and double-leg landing mechanics in anterior cruciate ligament reconstructed and control females  Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy  
Arnold, J.P., Farello, A., Özkoca, N., Ozenbaugh, I.C., Braxling, C., Massey, W.V.  (2024)  Improving Recess through Collaboration: Exploring the Facilitators and Barriers to Sustaining Positive Playground Behavior  The Journal of School Health  
Gorrell, L., Shen, X., MacDonald, M., Logan, S.W., Hatfield, B.E., Parkinson, C., D’Antonio, A., Massey, W.   (2024)  The Effect of Outdoor Play, Physical Activity, and Screen Time Use on the Emotional Wellbeing of Children and Youth during a Health Crisis  Leisure Sciences  
Larkin, A., MacDonald, M., Jackson, D., Kile, M., Hystad, P.  (2024)  Identifying children’s environmental health risks, needs, misconceptions, and opportunities for research translation using social media  Exploration of Digital Health Technologies  2
Tucker, A.P., Norcross, M.F., Hannigan, K., Johnson, S.T.   (2024)  The Effect of Insurance Type on Time to Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction in Pediatric Patients: A Critically Appraised Topic  International Journal of Athletic Therapy and Training  
Darling, S., Wanser, S., Jiang, D., Schuna, J., Udell, M., MacDonald, M.  (2024)  Unleashing potential: Boosting physical activity in children with developmental disabilities via a family-dog-assisted intervention  Human-Animal Interactions  12(1)
Kaiyala, M., Hannigan, J.J., Traut, A.G., Pollard, C., Zech, A.  (2024)  Bilateral movement asymmetries exist in recreational athletes during a 45° sidestep cut post-anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction  PeerJ  
Mulligan, C.M., Johnson, S.T., Pollard, C.D., Hannigan, K., Athanasiadis, D., Norcross, M.F.  (2024)  Deceleration Profiles Between the Penultimate and Final Steps of Planned and Reactive Side-Step Cutting.  Journal of Athletic Training  59(2)
Trajkovski, M., Perez, D., Tobias, S., Massey, W.V.  (2024)  “And I still remember it to this day”: A qualitative exploration of retrospective memories of school-based recess  Public Health in Practice  7