Sports Biomechanics Lab


Luge and Bobsled Ice Track Safety

Dynamic models of sleds (luge and bobsled) on ice tracks allow creation of simulators and study of the safety of the ice tracks themselves.

The Design and Analysis of Safer Ski and Snowboard Jumps

Designing safer terrain park jumps which limit the impact of the jumper is made simple with this easy to use graphical user interface (GUI).

Optimal Pacing in a Time Trial

Have you ever ridden your bike and wondered what was the fastest pacing strategy? This research tries to answer (part of) that question!

Bicycle Dynamics, Control and Handling

Ever wondered how you are able balance and control a bicycle? A team of researchers in the Sports Biomechanics lab is on a mission to find out.

Bowling dynamics

How do weight blocks and oil patterns affect the motion of a bowling ball? And how do the ball’s position and heading angle affect pinfall?

Disc Flight Dynamics

The frisbee seems simple enough, but the magic behind their flight is still a scientific mystery.

Equine Biomechanics

The development of better racetrack surfaces can reduce injury and lameness significantly for thoroughbred horses.

Our Lab

Meet the people who are and were in the Sports Biomechanics Lab.


The Sports Biomechanics Laboratory is concerned with the enhancement of understanding and performance in athletic events through modeling, simulation and measurement. The laboratory is engaged in the study of the mechanics of various sports activities, including both the motion of athletes and the motion of sports implements and vehicles. The emphasis is on developing mathematical and computational models for events which allow increased understanding, performance evaluation and optimization, as well as intelligent implementation and vehicle design. Often the goal is the development of methods and systems for providing real time feedback of athlete performance during training.

Graduate and undergraduate students come mainly from the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department and the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Group. The laboratory’s activities are made possible by a large number of financial and in-kind sponsors.

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