The Sport & Movement Science Laboratory (SMSL) and Applied Physiology Laboratory are two of the research and teaching laboratory spaces within the Department of Kinesiology at Louisiana Tech University. The purpose of these laboratories is to educate and investigate factors contributing to improvements in human performance across the lifespan and a reduction in injury rates during training, competition, and activities of daily living.

Numerous faculty within the Department of Kinesiology are actively involved in ongoing projects within the space, including Laboratory Directory Dr. Braden Romer, Graduate Program Coordinator Dr. David Szymanski, and Dr. Jordan Glenn. Other Department of Kinesiology faculty are also associated with research within the ongoing research projects with the department and laboratory spaces. Please see the Faculty & Staff page for a full listing of graduate faculty within the Department of Kinesiology.

Dr. David Szymanski is an internationally renowned researcher, primarily focusing on factors associated with enhancing sport performance, baseball and softball performance, and strength and condition. He previously served as the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Louisiana Tech University baseball team and the Auburn University baseball team.

Dr. Braden Romer primarily focuses on understanding biomechanical factors and equipment effects on human gait, lifting mechanics, and coordination, as well as the implications for sport performance and injury development. He has presented his research examining footwear effects on human coordination nationally and internationallyHe has previously worked as a Track & Field Coach as well a Strength & Conditioning Coach at the NCAA Division I and Division II levels. 

Recent news and information regarding the SMSL can be found on our News Page

Sport & Movement Science Lab News & Announcements 

Current Projects
  • Effects of an Eight Week Self-Selecting Progressive Fitness Program on an Uninsured Population
  • Influence of Altered Heel Height on Lower Extremity Kinematics and Muscle Activity during a Barbell Squat
  • Effect of Altered Afferent Feedback on Gait Kinetics during Walking for Females
Recent Publications
  • Dr. David Szymanski recently had a chapter published in the book Developing the Core, Human Kinetics, Champaign IL. pp. 133-140, 2014.

Archived SMSL News