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Thomas Kernozek

Health Professions - PT
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

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

Here is an article regarding my work at UWL that was featured in the La Crosse Tribune

Currently, I serve as the Director of the La Crosse Institute for Movement Science (LIMS), teach courses in Physical Therapy and serve as the Associate Dean for the College of Science and Health. 

Here are some links from our laboratory and research-
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 graduate students as co-authors. Students have an awesome opportunity to be mentored and work directly with faculty members on research projects at UWL.  My research is a true faculty/student partnership and our outcomes over the years have been excellent.  Often, students are listed as co-authors on publications or presentations at professional meetings based on their efforts in conducting these projects.  Follow the link to see what I am currently publishing within our LIMS research group  (Pubmed Publications website). This research has been cited by many other scientists in this field.  Follow the google link to learn a little more about our research and which papers have been most often cited by other scientists (Google Scholar Kernozek Citations website)

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



Becky Heinert, Winona State University; and Thomas Kernozek and Drew Rutherford, both Physical Therapy; co-authored the article "Effectiveness of Augmented Feedback on Drop Landing Using Baseline Vertical Ground Reaction in Female Athletes" in International Journal of Athletic Therapy and Training published on June 13 by Human Kinetics. Becky Heinert is a two time graduate of the UWL Physical Therapy Program (BS and MSPT) and collaborator with the La Crosse Institute for Movement Science (LIMS). Drew Rutherford, MS is the Laboratory Supervisor with LIMS.

Submitted on: June 30



Renee Dade and C.N. Vannatta, both Doctorate in Physical Therapy; Thomas Kernozek, Health Professions; and Bryce Ertman, Physical Therapy student; co-authored the article "Offloading Effects on Impact Forces and Patellofemoral Joint Loading During Running in Females" in Gait and Posture published on Wednesday, Feb. 16 by Elsevier. This work received some support from Lightspeed Lift (Duluth, MN).

Submitted on: Feb. 16



Katarina Borer, Adam Daoud-Gray and Qingyun Zheng, all University of Michigan; and Thomas Kernozek, Health Professions; co-authored the article "Anabolic Bone Stimulus Requires a Pre‐Exercise Meal and 45‐Minute Walking Impulse of Suprathreshold Speed‐Enhanced Momentum to Prevent or Mitigate Postmenopausal Osteoporosis within Circadian Constraints" in Nutrients and was accepted for publication by MDPI. Research collaboration from NIH funded project at University of Michigan (K. Borer)

Submitted on: Oct. 25, 2021



C.N. Vannatta, Doctorate in Physical Therapy; Daniel Larson, Gundersen Sports Medicine Resident; Thomas Kernozek, Health Professions; and Drew Rutherford, Physical Therapy; co-authored the article "Kinetic changes associated with extended knee landings following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction in females" in Physical Therapy in Sport and was accepted for publication by Elsevier. Daniel Larson, DPT was recent graduate of Sports Physical Therapy residency program associated with the Gundersen Health System/UW La Crosse partnership. This project was conducted within the LIMS research group at UW La Crosse (C.N. Vannatta, D. Rutherford and T. Kernozek). C.N. Vannatta is with Gundersen Sports Medicine.

Submitted on: Sept. 20, 2021



Jacob Anason and Taylor Musgjerd, both Doctorate in Physical Therapy; and Thomas Kernozek and Drew Rutherford, both Health Professions; co-authored the article "Effect of Increasing Running Cadence on Peak Impact Force in an Outdoor Environment" in International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy and was accepted for publication by Sports Section of the American Physical Therapy Association. This manuscript is largely based on the graduate capstone project of Taylor Musgjerd and Jacob Anason.

Submitted on: Aug. 30, 2021