Department of Applied Physiology & Wellness

Peter Weyand

Associate Professor



Ph.D., University of Georgia
Locomotor Performance Lab
5538 Dyer Street #105,
Box 353 Dallas, TX 75206
214-768-7228
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Dr. Weyand is a physiologist and biomechanist who joined SMU's Department of Applied Physiology and Wellness in the Fall of 2008. Dr. Weyand earned his Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from the University of Georgia in 1992. He subsequently directed research efforts at Harvard University's Concord Field Station, a large animal facility specializing in terrestrial locomotion and later the Locomotion Laboratory of Rice University. Dr. Weyand has also served as a Senior Research Fellow at the US Army's Research Institute for Environmental Medicine and as a television science analyst for the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Science Media Group.

Dr. Weyand is an expert in the locomotion of humans and other terrestrial animals with broad research interests that focus on the relationships between muscle function, metabolic energy expenditure, whole body mechanics and performance. His research draws on the largely distinct traditions of human exercise physiology and comparative biomechanics to consider basic functional issues. Dr. Weyand's research on the limits of human and animal performance has led to featured appearances on the British Broadcasting Corporation, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, CNN, the Discovery Channel, the History Channel, NHK Television in Japan, National Public Radio and others.

His specific expertise on the mechanical basis of sprint running performance led to his involvement in the "Michael Johnson, Wired Athlete" project undertaken in conjunction with FitSense Inc. and NBC prior to the Sydney Olympics in 2000. In the Spring of 2008, Dr. Weyand served as a lead investigator and the host of the scientific team who performed the experimental work to appeal the Olympic/IAAF ban of double amputee, South African sprinter, Oscar Pistorius, aka the "blade runner" to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Selected Publications:

Weyand P, Sandell R, Prime D, and Bundle M. The biological limits to running speed are imposed from the ground up. Journal of Applied Physiology, 108: 950-961, 2010.

Weyand P, and Bundle M. Point: Artificial limbs do make artificially fast running speeds possible. Journal of Applied Physiology, 108: 1011-1012, 2010.

Weyand P, Smith B, and Sandell R. Assessing the metabolic cost of walking: the influence of baseline subtractions. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc, 1: 6878-81, 2009.

Weyand P, Bundle M, McGowan C, Grabowski A, Brown M, Kram R, and Herr H. The fastest runner on artificial legs: different limbs, similar function? Journal of Applied Physiology, 107: 903-911, 2009.

Bundle, M.W., Ernst, C.L., Bellizzi, M.J., Wright, S. and P.Weyand. A metabolic basis for impaired muscle force production and neuromuscular compensation during sprint cycling. American Journal of Physiology: Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology, 291:R1457-64, 2006.

Weyand, P. Lin, J.E. and M. Bundle. Sprint performance-duration relationships are set by the fractional duration of external force application. American Journal of Physiology: Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology, 290: R758-65, 2006.

Weyand, P. and J.A. Davis. Running performance has a structural basis. Journal of Experimental Biology, 208: 2625-2631, 2005.

Weyand, P. and M. Bundle. Energetics of high-speed running: integrating classical theory and contemporary observations. American Journal of Physiology: Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology, 288: R956-R965, 2005.

Bundle, M., Hoyt, R.W. and P. Weyand. Energetics of high-speed running: a new approach to assessment and prediction. Journal of Applied Physiology, 95: 1955-1962, 2003.

Kerdok, A.E., A.A. Biewener, T.A. McMahon, P.G. Weyand and H.M. Herr.  Energetics and mechanics of running on surfaces of different stiffnesses. Journal of Applied Physiology, 92: 469-478, 2002.

Weyand, P., Sternlight, D., Bellizzi, M. and S. Wright.  Faster top running speeds are achieved with greater ground forces not more rapid leg movements. Journal of Applied Physiology, 89: 1991-2000, 2000.

Weyand, P., Lee, C, Martinez-Ruiz, R., Bundle, M., Wright, S., and M. Bellizzi.  High-speed running performance is largely unaffected by hypoxic reductions in aerobic power. Journal of Applied Physiology, 86: 2059-2064, 1999.

Bundle, M.W., H. Hoppeler, J. Tester, R. Vock , H. Hoppeler, and P. Weyand.  High metabolic rates in running birds. Nature, 397: 31-32, 1999.

Roberts, J.T., R.L. Marsh, P. Weyand, C.R. Taylor.  Muscular force in running turkeys: the economy of minimizing work. Science, 275: 1113-1115, 1997.