The Applied Physiology Laboratory (APL), Minds in Motion laboratory (MiML), and Sport & Movement Science Laboratory (SMSL), are three of the research and teaching laboratory spaces within the Department of Kinesiology at Louisiana Tech University. These three laboratories collectively known as Human Performance Laboratories (HPL). The purpose of these laboratories is to educate and investigate factors contributing to improvements in human performance across the lifespan and a reduction in injury rates during training, competition, and activities of daily living.

Faculty within the Department of Kinesiology are actively involved in ongoing projects within the space, including Department Chair Dr. David Szymanski, Dr. Jordan Blazo, Dr. Todd Castleberry, Dr. Drew Parks, Dr. Mu Qiao, and Mr. Vishesh Singh. Other Department of Kinesiology faculty are also associated with research within the ongoing research projects with the department and laboratory spaces.

Recent News:

Department of Kinesiology at Louisiana Tech University presented a total of 4 posters at NSCA national conference 2021. Please click on the following link to see the Posters:

May 28th, Dr. Todd Castleberry, Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology, has been named to the Advisory Board for the Cognitive Division of Milo Range. Click here for details

May 28th Recently two of our Kinesiology graduate students, Motoki Sakurai and Ryan Lis, in the Sports Performance master’s concentration completed their master’s thesis under the direction of Dr. David Szymanski, Dr. Mu Qiao, and Dr. Ryan Crotin. Motoki’s thesis is titled “Relationship between kinetics of countermovement jump and proximal mechanics of collegiate baseball pitching.” Use the link below to hear Motoki present his study findings.

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Ryan’s thesis is titled “Relationship between jump tests and their influence on multidirectional ground-reaction forces in baseball pitchers.” Use the link below to hear Ryan present his study findings.

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May 24th Dr. Ryan Crotin now serves as a Research Associate and Adjunct Thesis Advisor for the Department of Kinesiology’s master’s concentration in Sports Performance. To read more about Dr. Crotin Please click here .

Dr. Crotin co-authored a study with Dr. Dan Ramsey titled “Stride length impacts sagittal knee biomechanics in flat ground baseball pitching.” Interested individuals can use the link below to hear the presentation given by Dr. Ramsey at the 21st Biennial Meeting for the Canadian Society for Biomechanics. Presentation

New Research Study in Department of Kinesiology: Dr. Castleberry has begun data collection for his research on "Blood Pressure Responses to Various Load Bearing Apparatuses in Police Officers". (Sep. 30th, 2020)

Coronavirus and Youth sports: read Dr. Blazo's most recent research article about "Parents grow more worried about their child returning to sports". (July 14th 2020)

July 9th 2020, Department of Kinesiology at Louisiana Tech University presented 2 posters at NSCA national conference 2020.Please click on following link for more information.

Dr. Gleason spoke at at the American Football Coaches Association national conference in Nashville on 01/12/2020. Click Here

Department of Kinesiology began a Baseball research study focusing on different physiological and anthropometric characteristics of Division I college baseball players. Click Here For Details

Craig Kramer, the VP of Business Development at NCS America, visited Department of Kinesiology at Louisiana Tech University to collect Pilot data using "ShowMotion". "ShowMotion" is an equipment which track scapular motion in all three plane during shoulder movement. Learn More

Dr. Blazo has recently been named the 'Reviewer of the Year’ for the journal Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly.

Dr. Mu Qiao has been recognized as outstanding contributions to review the manuscripts submitted to the Journal of Theoretical Biology. The Journal of Theoretical Biology is a peer-reviewed high impact journal covering theoretical, mathematical, computational and statistical aspects of biology.

HPL has recently added COSMED K5 unit (Portatable Metabolic device). K5 is one of the most advanced technology available in market to measure metabolic parameters.Click Here for details

La Tech Department of Kinesiology is working the Special Olympic Athlete "Seth Hanchey" with his Power-lifting training as well as resistance training for Paralympics .Click Here

Travis Self (Sports Performance Graduate Student) and Dr. Ben Gleason present their research poster at East Tennessee State University Coaches Conference. For more details: Click here