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Research in this lab focuses on a broad range of topics in biomechanics, including gait mechanics, figure skating simulation software, biomechanical analysis of sport, clinical applications of biomechanics, rehabilitation biomechanics, pediatric obesity and community-based activity programs.


Dr. Thomas W. Kaminski


Thomas Kaminski


Buz Swanik

Associate Professor

Charles "Buz" Swanik


Thomas Buckley

Assistant Professor

Kathy Liu, Laura Miller, Alan Needle, Bethany Wisthoff, Aaron Struminger, Melissa DiFabio, Kelsey Bryk, Wes Sellers, Jessie Oldham

Graduate Students


A variety of testing models and instrument/software platforms are used to advance this research agenda including the study of chronic ankle instability, the role of fatigue with injuries, the neuropsychological effects of purposeful heading in soccer, the neurocognitive and biomechanical factors related to non-contact injuries, including stability, proprioception and muscle stiffness. The laboratory is equipped with unique combination of clinical instruments and technology including a KinCom AP125 Isokinetic Dynamometer, a Bortec 8 channel EMG system, a pneumatically-driven ankle perturbation device, a custom-designed muscle stiffness and proprioception testing device, a pair of computerized neuropsychological testing batteries on 14 laptops for portable testing platforms, and a Biopac MP150 Data Acquisition System for reflex and nerve conduction studies.

Collaborative projects have been developed within the University of Delaware including the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics, Departments of Physical Therapy, Mechanical & Chemical Engineering, Student Health Services and Intramural Athletics and Recreation Services. In addition, several State of Delaware interscholastic (high school) sports programs and regional Sports Medicine specialists are involved with current research efforts.


The laboratory research group has numerous annual peer-reviewed scientific publications, published abstracts, and a multitude of professional presentations ranging from regional clinical meetings to international sports medicine conferences.

Journal Publications

Needle, A.R. & Kaminski, T.W. The effectiveness of low-capacity pulsed ultrasound, capacitively coupled electric fields, and extracorporeal shock wave therapy in healing stress fractures: A systematic review. Athletic Training & Sports Health Care. 1(3), 133-139, 2009.

Gutierrez, G.M., & Kaminski, T.W., & Douex, A.T. Neuromuscular control and ankle instability. Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.1(4), 359-365, 2009.

Kaminski, T.W, Groff, R.M., & Glutting, J.J. How often must you perform the Automated Neuropsychological Assessment Metric (ANAM) test to get a stable baseline score? Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology. 31(6), 689-697, 2009.

Koscs, M., Kaminski, T.W., Swanik, C.B., & Edwards, D.G. Effects of exertional exercise on the Standardized Assessment of Concussion (SAC) score. Athletic Training & Sports Health Care. 1(1), 24-30, 2009.

Jackson, N.D., Gutierrez, G.M., Kaminski, T.W. The effect of fatigue and habituation on the stretch reflex of the ankle musculature. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology (Available online 29 August 2007) 19(1), 75-84, 2009.

Kaminski, T.W. Cousino, E.S., & Glutting, J.J. Examining the relationship between purposeful heading in soccer and computerized neuropsychological test performance. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 79(2), 235-244, 2008.

Morrison, K.E., & Kaminski T.W. The Reproducibility of an Isokinetic Testing Technique at the Ankle Joint. Isokinetics and Exercise Science, 15, 245-251, 2007.

Gutierrez, G., Jackson, N.D., Margiotta, S., Dorr, K., & Kaminski, T.W. Effect of fatigue on neuromuscular function at the ankle. Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, 16, 295-306, 2007

Kaminski, T.W., Rasmussen, A.M., Gutierrez, G.M., Glutting, J. Purposeful heading during a season does not influence cognitive function or balance in female soccer players. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 29(7), 742-751, 2007

Morrison, K.E., & Kaminski T.W. Foot characteristics in association with inversion ankle injury. Journal of Athletic Training, 42(1), 135-142, 2007. (1st Runner-Up for the 2008 Journal of Athletic Training Clint Thompson Clinical Advancement Award)

Carter, A.B., Kaminski T.W., Douex, A.T., Knight, C.A., & Richards, J.G. The effects of high volume upper extremity plyometric training on throwing velocity and functional strength ratios of the shoulder rotators in collegiate baseball players. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 21(1), 208-215, 2007.

Plisky, P.J., Rauh, M.J., Kaminski, T.W., & Underwood, F.B. Star Excursion Balance Test as a predictor of lower extremity injury in high school basketball players. Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, 36(12), 911-919, 2006.

Kaminski, T.W. 3rd International Ankle Symposium Supplement Section: Keynote Lectures – The relationship between muscle strength deficits and chronic ankle instability. Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, 36(11), A-10, 2006.

Hatzel, B.M., Horodyski, M.B., Kaminski, T.W., Meister, K., Powers, M.E., & Brunt, D. Measurement of glenohumeral joint laxity using the KT-2000 knee ligament arthrometer: Reliability analysis. Physical Therapy in Sport, 7, 137-143, 2006.

Fiscus, K.A., Kaminski, T.W., & Powers, M.E. Changes in lower leg blood flow during warm, cold, and contrast water therapy. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 86, 1404-1410, 2005.

Hertel, J., & Kaminski, T.W. Second international ankle symposium summary statement. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, 35(5), A1-A6, 2005.

Meister, K., Day, T., Horodyski, M.B., Kaminski, T.W., Wasik, M., & Tillman, S. Rotational motion changes in the glenohumeral joint of the adolescent/little league baseball player. American Journal of Sports Medicine, 33(5), 693-698, 2005.

Dannecker, E.A., Hausenblas, H.A., Kaminski, T.W., & Robinson, M.E. Sex differences in delayed onset muscle pain. The Clinical Journal of Pain, 21(2), 120-126, 2005.

Powers, M.E., Buckley, B.D., Kaminski, T.W., Hubbard, T.J., & Ortiz, C. Six weeks of strength and proprioception training does not affect muscle fatigue and static balance in those with functional ankle instability. Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, 13, 201-227, 2004.

Porter, G.K., & Kaminski, T.W. Knee angle does not affect eversion to inversion peak torque ratios derived from an isokinetic dynamometer. Isokinetics and Exercise Science, 12, 99-104, 2004

Hubbard, T.J., Kaminski, T.W., Vander Griend, R., & Kovaleski, J.E. Quantitative assessment of mechanical laxity in the functionally unstable ankle. Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise, 36, 760-766, 2004



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