Applied Biomechanics

The Applied Biomechanics Research Laboratory aims to prevent injuries and improve the performance and well-being of individuals who are susceptible to injuries. The lab is Co-Directed by Dr. Oyama and Dr. Cheever.

Dr. Oyama’s primary research interest is in the identification and modification of movement patterns and physical characteristics (ex. strength, flexibility, core stability) that are associated with injuries. Many of her research projects involve analysis of baseball pitching biomechanics.

Dr. Cheever’s primary interest is the long-term cumulative health effects of a collision and/or contact sport career.

Research Opportunities

Research opportunities may be available to qualified and well-motivated undergraduate and graduate students. The undergraduate students may earn course-credits through research opportunities (KIN4913 Independent Study, KIN4933 Practicum in Kinesiology Research, or KIN4936 Kinesiology Internship). The Master’s students may work on a thesis project under the direction of Dr. Oyama and/or Dr. Cheever. Dr. Oyama and Dr. Cheever co-lead bi-weekly journal clubs. Joining the journal club is a great way for students to get involved in research.

Please contact Dr. Oyama or Dr. Cheever for more information.

Laboratory Equipment

The Applied Biomechanics Research Laboratory is equipped with equipment to conduct the research outlined above.

  • Vicon 8-camera motion capture system
  • Inertial measurement unit (IMU) based full-body motion capture system
  • Electromyography system
  • Force platforms
  • Handheld force dynamometers
  • Digital inclinometers
  • Dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry
  • Global Position Systems (GPS) training load monitoring system
  • Heart rate monitoring
  • GForce Head impact monitors
  • Jugs soccer Machine
  • Oculus Rift
  • Oculus Quest
Sakiko Oyama, Ph.D.


Sakiko Oyama, Ph.D.

Associate Professor