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Applied Biomechanics Research Lab

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. This research can be divided into multiple arms:

  1. Exploring the effect of subconcussive head impacts experienced throughout a sport career on long-term health outcome and early onset cervical degeneration.
  2. Identifying the role that cervical spine health plays in preventing head and musculoskeletal injuries.
  3. Evaluating the efficacy of GPS-based technology in implementing safe and gradual acclimatization to the peak training load.
  4. Assessing health benefits (i.e. reduced body fat composition, decreased blood pressure, decreased obesity rates) of sport participation in adolescents.


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.


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

Lab Directors

Sakiko Oyama







Dr. Sakiko Oyama (Publication List)

Kelly Cheever







Dr. Kelly Cheever (Publication List)

Department of Kinesiology

Phone: 210-458-6023
Fax: 210-458-5873
Location: MB 3.324
The University of Texas at San Antonio
One UTSA Circle
San Antonio, TX 78249-1644