Locomotor Performance Laboratory

Locomotor Performance Laboratory

The SMU Locomotor Performance Laboratory is in the Department of Applied Physiology & Wellness of the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development.

The Locomotor Performance Laboratory specializes in terrestrial locomotion and in relating muscle function to metabolic energy expenditure and performance. Current research focuses on the relationships between the mechanics of movement, performance, metabolic energy expenditure, and metabolic power. This research addresses scientific questions at the whole-body or organism level of biological organization, as well as addressing issues at the tissue and cellular levels.

Areas of Research:

  • Energetics and Mechanics of Locomotion
  • Performance-Duration Relationships
  • Mechanics of Sprinting Performance

Click above for video of SMU Simmons doctoral student Ken Clark as he describes his research in the SMU Locomotor Performance Laboratory and why he chose to pursue his doctorate at SMU.

Research funded by the Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center.