Biomechanics is where the fundamentals of physics, engineering and technology intersect. We study human movement—investigating the development and control of muscular strength across a wide range of ages and abilities.
Our research, and its practical applications, advances our understanding of the mechanical and neuromuscular characteristics of human motion. We work in tandem with physicians, physical therapists, athletic trainers, coaches, and athletes to improve performance, improve recovery time, and prevent injury.
Ball State’s master’s program in biomechanics will prepare you to excel in a range of clinical and educational settings through a blend of engaging course work and experiential opportunities. Our expert faculty, fully equipped biomechanics laboratory, and lasting bonds distinguish us as a leader in preparing collaborative and innovative graduates.
Interdisciplinary collaborations in our biomechanics laboratory advance the study of human movement.
The lab features advanced biomechanical tools, including:
- 28 high-speed cameras to conduct 3-D motion analysis
- hard-wired, telemetry, and indwelling electromyography
- a split-belt force instrumented treadmill to measure forces during locomotion
- computer simulation and modeling of movements.
We engage in dynamic posture and balance assessments, walking and running analyses, whole body vibration and muscular reflex responsiveness. Read more about our services to the public, including gait and other 3-D analysis.
Put your education to practice through hands-on research in a variety of clinical rehabilitation and sport performance settings.
Our clinical based biomechanics research centers on gait and posture analysis in numerous populations, including neurotypical individuals as well as those with cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, and impairments common to older adults. Past projects have assessed bone and muscular changes in healthy young adults and the elderly, orthopedic knee replacements, and the muscular mechanics of injury.
Sports biomechanics research focuses on the effects of fatigue on performance across a wide number of movement skills. In addition to neuromuscular research, our laboratory has also engaged in the development and validation of equipment and technologies for various companies.
Points of Distinction
- Incoming GPA and GRE scores levels have improved over the past five years.
- Graduates in biomechanics are successful at being accepted into doctoral programs or finding careers in their area of study.
- Students are fully immersed in all aspects of biomechanical research using state-of-the-art technology.
- Graduates in biomechanics have been employed in premiere clinical facilities and with industry leading companies manufacturing biomechanical and fitness equipment.
Although our research interests vary, we are a strong community of faculty, students, alumni, and friends who support each other in the classroom and in life after Ball State. We work closely with colleagues within the School of Kinesiology and in the College of Health.
We welcome our alumni, retirees, and friends to continue to build relationships with us. Your expertise and support provide students with the confidence and connections to succeed within our program and beyond. Whether you share professional experiences with a class, establish a scholarship, or facilitate a partnership—our program is eager to connect you with students and faculty engaged in innovative research and study related to the field. Contact us to share your story and learn about program news and events.
Learn more about what sets our program apart, or if you’re ready, apply now.