The Biomechanics Laboratory is a teaching and research facility that operates out of the Department of Physical Education and Human Performance (PEHP) and is dedicated to supporting the undergraduate and graduate courses in Exercise Science, Athletic Training, and Physical Education by providing practical experiential laboratory activities.
- The Exercise Science program educates students to be leaders in physical activity, exercise, and allied-health related professions through academic, practical, and research experiences. Students are prepared for employment in the fitness industry, including corporate wellness and strength and conditioning centers. This rigorous program also allows students to transition effectively into a graduate program or professional health-care degree program. Students are given the necessary cognitive and practical experiences for exercise physiology certification (EP-C) by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). The Exercise Science program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs and is an NSCA Education Recognized Program.
- Designed to strengthen analytical skills and practical performance, the Athletic Training program prepares students for entry-level athletic trainer positions, completion of the Board of Certification examination, and advanced study in athletic training or other allied health professions. Students develop practical and clinical skills working with Blue Devil varsity student-athletes and through clinical rotations under the supervision of certified athletic trainer preceptors.
- The Physical Education for Teacher Certification program prepares students to become qualified, physical educators for elementary and secondary schools in Connecticut. Students are provided with a variety of classroom learning experiences as well as experimental learning opportunities with partner school districts where they learn up to date teaching techniques and apply them in an authentic environment. Emphasis is placed on integration of cross-curricular teaching, technology, as well as various teaching strategies to improve physical literacy.
Chee-Hoi Leong, Ph.D.
Biomechanics Laboratory Director
David Harackiewicz, Ph.D.
Exercise Science Program Coordinator
Sean Walsh, Ph.D., FACSM
Past President-New England Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine
Jason Melnyk, Ph.D., CSCS
President-New England Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine
Peter Morano, Ph.D., ATC
Athletic Training Program Coordinator
Matthew Orange, Ph.D.
Cassandra Forsythe York, Ph.D., RD, CSCS, CISSN
The Biomechanics Laboratory is a teaching and research facility that focuses on understanding neuromuscular function, coordination of movement, postural control, and the prevention and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries in healthy, athletic, and aging populations. This facility utilizes state-of-the-art measurement techniques that include 3D motion capture of kinematics and kinetics, wireless electromyography, Biodex isokinetic dynamometry, eccentric cycling, inertial-load cycling, BODPOD air-displacement plethysmography, and an integrated metabolic measurement system for indirect calorimetry. Additionally, the Biomechanics Laboratory offers scientific research opportunities through a shared used of its resources.
- Integration of SMART DX, P-6000 in-ground force plates, and wireless EMG to allow full kinematic, kinetic, and muscle activation gait, movement, and functional analyses.
- Modular SMART Performance software can be modified to create custom protocols.
- DIGIVEC software is an efficient tool that allows real time visualization of ground reaction force vectors for immediate visual feedback.