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Joshua T. Weinhandl, PhD

Weinhandl photoAssistant Professor
HPER 333


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.

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.

Mutchler J, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Weinhandl JT, Smith JD & Dugan EL. (2011). The effects of repetitive drop jumps on impact phase joint kinematics, and kinetics. Journal of Applied Biomechanics. 27(2), 108-15.

Laughlin WA, Weinhandl JT, Kernozek TW, Cobb SC, Keenan KG & O’Connor KM. (2011). The effects of single-leg landing technique on ACL loading. Journal of Biomechanics. 44(10), 1845-51.

Weinhandl JT, Joshi M & O’Connor KM. (2010). Gender comparison between unilateral and bilateral landings. Journal of Applied Biomechanics. 26(4), 444-53.

Weinhandl JT & O’Connor KM. (2010). Assessment of a greater trochanter-based method of locating the hip joint center. Journal of Biomechanics. 43(13), 2633-6.

Weinhandl JT, Armstrong BSR, Kusik TP, Barrows RT & O’Connor, KM. (2010). Validation of a single camera three-dimensional motion tracking system. Journal of Biomechanics. 43(7), 1437-40.

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