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Biomechanics Research

Research Facilities

Texas Tech and the Department of Health, Exercise & Sport Sciences support excellent laboratory facilities for Biomechanics research. Extensive equipment and instrumentation is available for the three-dimensional kinematic and kinetic analyses of human movement, and includes: Motion Monitor with both extended range and Mini-bird capability and real time animation; VICONPEAK motion analysis system; three AMTI force plates; a portable,BERTEC force plate; and an 8 Channel Delsys Trigno EMG system.

Biomechanics Research

Biomechanics Research

Ongoing research in the Biomechanics Lab generally focuses on sports performance and the mechanics of human impact and injury. Current faculty and graduate student projects relate to:

  • Head impact and injury
  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury in females
  • Over arm throwing mechanics
  • Landing, jumping and cutting mechanics
  • Muscle damage
  • Muscle mechanics
  • Fall prediction and prevention in the elderly
  • Biomechanics of Baseball Pitching

Specific research questions have practical application to the biomechanics and characteristics associated with injury, aging and disease, as well as toward the development of interventions related to prevention and/or rehabilitation. Much of our work includes recreational and varsity athletes from the Texas Tech campus. We have also developed collaborations with Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, and interdisciplinary grant efforts are underway. Future projects will include participants from area high schools, recreational sports as well as Lubbock’s adult and senior populations.

Research Publications:

  • Campbell, B. M., Stodden, D. F., & Nixon, M. K. (In press).  Lower Extremity Muscle Activation During Baseball Pitching. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 
  • Stodden, D. F., Campbell, B. M., & Moyer, T. M. (2008). Comparison of trunk kinematics in trunk training exercises and throwing. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 22, 112-118.
  • Stodden, D. F., Fleisig, G. S., McLean , S. P., & Andrews, J. R. (2005). Relationship of biomechanical factors to baseball pitching velocity: Within pitcher variation. Journal of Applied Biomechanics, 21, 44-56.
  • Stodden, D. F., Fleisig, G. S., McLean , S. P., Lyman, S. L., & Andrews, J. R. (2001). Relationship of pelvis and upper torso kinematics to pitched ball velocity. Journal of Applied Biomechanics, 17, 164-172.
  • Fleisig, G. S., Zheng, N., Stodden, D. F., & Andrews, J. R. (2002). Correlations between bat speed and mass properties. Sports Engineering, 5, 1-8.