The Department of Kinesiology at Penn State University focuses on the art and science of human movement. Faculty teaching and research interests touch on biomechanical, historical, neuromotor, pedagogical, philosophical, physiological, psychological, and sociocultural perspectives of human movement, physical activity, and exercise.
The Department is one of nine academic units in the College of Health and Human Development, an innovative college focusing on human health and well being throughout the lifespan. There are two main users at the Department of Kinesiology; John Challis and Mark Latash.
John Challis: Biomechanics Laboratory
The Biomechanics Laboratory hosts a broad array of research foci that encompass several sub-domains of the discipline. The laboratory provides resources for six resident investigators and several more affiliated researchers. Major thrusts include the application of biomechanical principles to motor control and neurological problems, understanding how muscle properties dictate the coordination of movement, exploring the mechanical behaviour of musculoskeletal structures at the tissue level, and exploring innovative solutions to orthopaedic problems.
Mark Latash: Motor Control Laboratory
This laboratory’s activities are mostly directed along two major research routes that can be characterized by two key expressions: “Equilibrium-point Hypothesis” and “Synergy”. Within these wide areas, the laboratory has studied multi-joint limb movements, postural control, and multi-limb coordination, and multi-digit coordination. These research programs have been supported by three NIH grants. Further areas of research interest are changes in movement and posture coordination with age and neurological disorders as well as following motor rehabilitation.
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