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.