Biomechanics Doctoral Degree

Program Overview

The laws of mechanics apply not only to inanimate objects, but also to living organisms. Thus, the structural stresses of a tree, the swimming of a shark and the takeoff of a long jumper are all subject to the laws of mechanics in the same way as a block of wood sliding down an inclined plane in the classical physics experiment. Biomechanics is a broad field with branches in a wide variety of disciplines. Within Human Performance, Biomechanics contributes to the description, explanation and prediction of the mechanical aspects of human exercise, sport, and everyday activities. Its ultimate goals include the improvement of performance and safety in sports and exercise, as well as the alleviation of clinical problems such as pathological gait.

For faculty sponsorship of a student in Biomechanics, the main considerations are: (a) the course background of the student (science courses, including Kinesiology or Exercise Science, Mechanical or Biomedical Engineering, Mathematics, Computer Science, Anatomy, Chemistry, Physiology, etc.); (b) the student's mathematics ("quantitative") GRE score; and (c) the student's record of interest and academic performance in the biomechanics of human movement.

Degree Requirements

Doctor of Philosophy in Human Performance
Emphasis in Biomechanics
3.0 GPA required for graduation


For more information about admissions and application materials please contact:

Allison Gruber
Assistant Professor
1025 E. 7th Street, PH 174
(812) 856-2447

Tim Mickelborough
Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Kinesiology Department
School of Public Health-Bloomington
1025 E. 7th Street, PH 036
(812) 855-0753