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Joshua T. Weinhandl, PhD

Weinhandl photoAssociate Professor
HPER 361


KNS 513 Biomechanics of Musculoskeletal Injury

Weinhandl’s main research interests included lower extremity injury biomechanics, movement coordination and variability. A primary focus of his research is to address basic and applied research questions relating to neuromuscular control deficits using a combination of approaches involving kinetic, kinematic and electromyographic analyses. Coupled with computational models, Weinhandl believes these investigations may provide greater insight into the nexus between biomechanical and neuromuscular processes underlying human movement control and decision-making. The overall goal of these efforts is to develop improved intervention strategies for musculoskeletal injury prevention and rehabilitation. Most recently Weinhandl has been applying this research paradigm to the understanding of risk factors and injury mechanisms for anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries, knee osteoarthritis, and chronic ankle instability.


PhD University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee Biomechanics
MS Ball State University Biomechanics
BS Grenville College Kinesiology

2015-Present          Assistant Professor, The University of Tennessee
2011-2015               Assistant Professor, Old Dominion University

Weinhandl is a member of the American Society of Biomechanics, and the American College of Sports Medicine. He also regularly serves as a reviewer for several journals including Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, Journal of Biomechanics, Gait and Posture, Journal of Applied Biomechanics, Sport Biomechanics, and Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology.

Weinhandl JT & O’Connor KM. (2017). Influence of ground reaction force perturbations on anterior cruciate ligament loading during sidestep cutting. Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomechanical Engineering. 20(13):1394-1402. DOI:

Hoch MC, & Weinhandl JT. (2017). Effect of valgus knee alignment on gait biomechanics in healthy women. Journal of Electromyography & Kinesiology. 35:17-23. DOI:

Bennett HJ, Zhang S, Shen G, Weinhandl JT, Paquette MR, Reinbolt J, & Coe DP. (2017). Effects of toe-in and wider step width in stair ascent with different knee alignments. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. 49(3):563-572. DOI:

Coulter JD, Weinhandl JT, Bawab SY & Ringleb SI. (2017). The effects of Navy ship ladder descent on the internal joint reaction forces in the knee. Radiation Effects and Defects in Solids. 172(1-2):174-185. DOI:

Weinhandl JT, Irmischer BS & Sievert ZA. (2017). Effects of gait speed on femoroacetabular joint forces. Applied Bionics and Biomechanics. 2017:6432969. DOI:

Weinhandl JT, Irmischer BS, Sievert ZA & Fontenot K. (2017). Influence of sex and limb dominance on lower extremity joint mechanics during unilateral land-and-cut manoeuvres. Journal of Sports Sciences. 35(2):166-174. DOI:

Bennett HJ, Shen G, Weinhandl JT & Zhang S. (2016). Validation of the greater trochanter method with radiographic measurements of frontal plane hip joint centers and knee mechanical axis angle and two other hip joint center methods. Journal of Biomechanics. 49(13):3047-3051. DOI:

Samaan MA, Weinhandl JT, Bawab SY & Ringleb SI. (2016). Determining residual reduction algorithm kinematic tracking weights for a sidestep cut via numerical optimization. Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering. 19(16):1721-1729. DOI:

Samaan MA, Ringleb SI, Bawab SY, Greska EK & Weinhandl JT. (2016). Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) loading in a collegiate athlete during sidestep cutting after ACL reconstruction: a case study. The Knee. 23(4):744-752. DOI:

Weinhandl JT, Hoch MC, Bawab SY & Ringleb SI. (2016). Comparison of ACL strain estimated via a data-driven model with in vitro measurements. Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomechanical Engineering. 19(4):1550-1556. DOI:

Hoch MC, Gaven SL, & Weinhandl JT. (2016). Kinematic predictors of star excursion balance test performance in individuals with chronic ankle instability. Clinical Biomechanics. 35:37-41. DOI:

Weinhandl JT, Sudheimer SE, van Lunen BL, Stewart K & Hoch MC. (2016). Immediate and one week effects of laterally wedge insoles on gait biomechanics in healthy females. Gait & Posture. 45:164-169. DOI:

Samaan MA, Weinhandl JT, Hans SA, Bawab SY & Ringleb SI. (2016). Predictive neuromuscular fatigue of the lower extremity utilizing computer modeling. Journal of Biomechanical Engineering. 138(1):011008. DOI:

Weinhandl JT, Irmischer BS & Sievert ZA. (2015). Sex differences in unilateral landing mechanics from absolute and relative drop heights. The Knee. 22(4):298-303. DOI:

Hoch MC, Farewell KE, Gaven SL, & Weinhandl JT. (2015). Weight-bearing dorsiflexion range of motion and landing biomechanics in individuals with chronic ankle instability. Journal of Athletic Training. 50(8):833-839. DOI:‑6050‑50.5.07

Mutchler JA, Weinhandl JT, Hoch MC & Van Lunen BL. (2015). Reliability and fatigue characteristics of a standing hip isometric endurance protocol. Journal of Electromyography & Kinesiology. 25(4):667-674. DOI:

Samaan MA, Hoch MC, Ringleb SI, Bawab SY & Weinhandl JT. (2015). Isolated hamstrings fatigue alters joint coordination during a cutting maneuver. Journal of Applied Biomechanics. 31(2):102-110. DOI:

Samaan MA, Greska EK, Hoch MC, Weinhandl JT, Bawab SY & Ringleb SI. (2015). Dynamic postural control two years following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction in a female collegiate soccer player. International Journal of Athletic Therapy & Training. 20(2), 24-29. DOI:

Weinhandl JT, Earl-Boehm JE, Ebersole KT, Huddleston WE, Armstrong BSR & O’Connor KM. (2014). Reduced hamstring strength increases anterior cruciate ligament loading during anticipated sidestep cutting. Clinical Biomechanics. 29(7), 752-759. DOI:

Weinhandl JT, Earl-Boehm JE, Ebersole KT, Huddleston WE, Armstrong BSR & O’Connor KM. (2013). Anticipatory effects on anterior cruciate ligament loading during sidestep cutting. Clinical Biomechanics. 28(6), 655-663. DOI: