The mission of the laboratory is to: 1) Educate students on the methods used in biomechanics research and to provide them with resources for conducting exceptional biomechanics research; 2) discover knowledge that pertains to the performance and rehabilitation of the neuromusculoskeletal system; and 3) develop strategies to improve injury prevention and the rehabilitation of people with disabilities effecting movement and postural dysfunctions.
The biomechanics laboratory in the HPER building can be rooted back to the mid 1980’s when Steve Dunn began using a dedicated space in the HPER building to teach basic hands-on concepts related to biomechanics. By the early 1990’s Julianne Abendroth-Smith became the director of the laboratory and with her appointment basic kinetic and kinematic equipment was acquired. I took over as director in 2000 and with the help of Gerry Smith and Chris Dakin have steadily advanced the laboratory with state of the art equipment.
The biomechanics laboratories in the CCE building were conceived by Dennis Dolny in 2012. These laboratories will have their grand opening May 3rd 2018.