Profile for Thomas Kernozek

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Specialty area(s)

Biomechanics of Human Movement, Research Methods and Statistics


Brief biography

Have taught in the Physical Therapy Program since 1996.  Developed the Strzelczyk Clinical Biomechanics Laboratory in the Health Science Center and I am the founder of the La Crosse Institute for Movement Science (LIMS) in 2005. 

We currently have a very active biomechanics research laboratory where we mostly study lower extremity injury mechanisms and joint/soft tissue loading. Much of our work has examined the biomechanical factors related to anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury, patellofemoral pain and Achilles tendon loading during running, therapeutic exercise and jumping/landing.  We also currently are using biomechanical instrumentation to provide feedback for studies that blend biomechanical aspects with motor control.

Here is an article about my work that was featured in the La Crosse Tribune

Currently, I serve as the Director of the La Crosse Institute for Movement Science (LIMS) and the Health Professions Department Chair. 

La Crosse Institute for Movement Science (LIMS) est. 2005. LIMS website
Strzelczyk Clinical Biomechanics Laboratory Lab website



Post doctoral training, University of Minnesota
PhD, University of Minnesota (GO GOPHERS!)

Professional history

Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, member of the American Society of Biomechanics, Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied Biomechanics.

Research and publishing

Published over 100 research manuscripts with many of my graduate students as co-authors. Students have an awesome opportunity to be mentored and work with faculty on research projects at UWL.  They are part of a true faculty/student partnership and our outcomes over the years have been excellent.  Often, students are listed as co-authors on our many publications or presentations at professional meetings based on their effort in one of our labs.  Follow the link to see what we are currently publishing (Pubmed Publications website). My faculty/student research has been cited by many other scientists in our field.  Follow the google link to learn a little more about our research and what papers are most often cited by other scientists (Google Scholar Kernozek Citations website)

If you want to become a physical therapist as well as be involved in contemporary research within movement science, UWL is a really great place to be!  Become part of LIMS research!



Brandon Ness, Amy Schweinle, William Schweinle and Kory Zimney, all University of South Dakota; and Thomas Kernozek, Health Professions; co-authored the article "Incorporating a dual task assessment protocol with functional hop testing" in International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy published on June 1 by American Physical Therapy Association - Sports Section.

Submitted on: July 17


Michael Schiller and Amanda Smith, both Physical Therapy; and Thomas Almonroeder, Christopher Durall, Thomas Kernozek and Drew Rutherford, all Health Professions; co-authored the article "Real-time visual feedback reduces patellofemoral joint forces during squatting in individuals with patellofemoral pain" in Clinical Biomechanics published on May 25 by Elsevier. Research collaboration between the La Crosse Institute for Movement Science (LIMS) and the UWL Student Health Center

Submitted on: May 26


Becky Heinert, BS and MS in Physical Therapy; Nate Vannatta, Doctorate in Physical Therapy; and Thomas Kernozek, Health Professions; co-authored the article "Biomechanical risk factors for running-related injury differ by sample population: A systematic review and meta-analysis" in Clinical Biomechanics published on April 1 by Elsevier. Nate and Becky are both UWL graduates and research collaborators with the La Crosse Institute for Movement Science (LIMS) in the Health Science Center. Nate and Becky work for Gundersen Health System and are partially supported for their research efforts by the Gundersen Medical Foundation.

Submitted on: April 7


Thomas Kernozek and Drew Rutherford, both Health Professions; and Aleyna Goerlitz and Molly Kujawa, both Physical Therapy; co-authored the article "Patellofemoral Joint Stress during Running with Added Load in Females" in International Journal of Sports Medicine and was accepted for publication by Thieme.

Submitted on: Feb. 27


Stacey Meardon, East Carolina University; Nate Vannatta, Physical Therapy; and Thomas Almonroeder and Thomas Kernozek, both Health Professions; co-authored the article "Muscle force characteristics of male and female collegiate cross-country runners during overground running." in the Journal of Sport Science published by Taylor & Francis. Nate Vannatta is a research collaborator with the La Crosse Institute of Movement Science (LIMS) at UWL. Vannatta is employed as a physical therapist with Gundersen Health System.

Submitted on: Jan. 21