The Strzelczyk Clinical Biomechanics Laboratory was developed in 1981 with the the late Bob Strzelczyk providing start up funds.  The laboratory is housed in the Health Science Center and is part of the Physical Therapy Program in the Health Professions Department.  The director of the laboratory is Thomas Kernozek, Ph.D., FACSM

In the Fall of 2005, the La Crosse Institute of Movement Science (LIMS)  was established in the College of Science and Allied Health. This institute was formed to bring faculty and clinicians together from campus and clinical partners toward a common goal of movement related research and clinical practice.  Learn more about LIMS.


  • To assist the Physical Therapy Program at the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse in accomplishing their objectives as a graduate program within the University system.
  • To stimulate the graduate student's ability to critically analyze clinical research questions which examine and provide information to the knowledge base of the profession.
  • To promote scientific inquiry, provide service and collaboration with other faculty, clinicians and organizations within as well as outside the College and University.
  • To provide multidisciplinary undergraduate research opportunities for university students.

The University of Wisconsin - La Crosse is part of the Medical Consortium in conjunction with Gundersen Lutheran, Franciscan Skemp Healthcare (part of the Mayo Healthcare system), Western Wisconsin Technical College, and Viterbo University in La Crosse, WI.  Each of these partners have contributed to the new Health Science Center.  The biomechanics lab space is currently 2,250 sq. ft. in size with a 65 ft. runway. See laboratory photos and equipment.

Biomechanics Research Interests

  • Walking and running gait analysis
  • Sports movements, such as landing and cutting
  • Seating assessment
  • Lower extremity biomechanics
  • Orthosis and footwear design
  • Therapeutic exercise
  • Rehabilitation outcome studies of the shoulder and knee
  • Ergonomics

Biomechanics Research and Equipment

Lab Equipment Undergraduate Research
Recent Publications Graduate Research
Lab Photos Interested in working in the lab?
Dr. Thomas W. Kernozek Research Links

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