Steven J. Elmer

Steven J. Elmer


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Assistant Professor, Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology

  • PhD, Exercise Physiology, University of Utah
  • MS, Exercise Physiology, University of Utah
  • BS, Exercise and Sport Science, University of Utah


Dr. Elmer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology at Michigan Technological University. His research interests in health are broad in nature and he uses a cycling model to investigate aspects of skeletal muscle function and dysfunction. Applications for his research range from basic aspects of neuromuscular function to applied human performance in a variety of settings including injury, rehabilitation, ergonomics, and sport. As a new member of the Husky Family Dr. Elmer looks forward to developing collaborations across campus.

Research Interests

  • Neuromuscular function and dysfunction
  • Adaptations to eccentric exercise training
  • Exercise-induced fatigue
  • Functional losses following injury
  • Cycling biomechanics

Recent Publications

  • Elmer, S.J., & Martin, J.C. (2014). A cycling workstation to facilitate physical activity in office settings. Applied Ergonomics, 45, 1240-1246.
  • Elmer, S.J., Marshall, C.S., McGinnis, K.R., Van Haitsma, T.A., & LaStayo, P.C. (2013). Eccentric arm cycling: physiological characteristics and potential applications with clinical and athletic populations. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 113, 2541-2552.
  • Elmer, S.J., Marshall, C.S., Wehmanen, K.W., Amann, M., McDaniel, J., Martin, D.T., & Martin, J.C. (2012). Effects of locomotor muscle fatigue on joint-specific power production during cycling. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 44, 1504-1511.
  • Elmer, S.J., Hahn, S.A., McAllister, P.D., Leong, C., & Martin, J.C. (2012). Improvements in multi-joint leg function following chronic eccentric exercise. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, 22, 653-661.
  • Elmer, S.J., Barratt, P., Korff, T., & Martin, J.C. (2011). Joint-specific power production during submaximal and maximal cycling. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 43, 1940-1947.
  • Elmer, S.J., Madigan, M.L., LaStayo, P.C., & Martin, J.C. (2010). Joint-specific power absorption during eccentric exercise. Clinical Biomechanics, 25, 154-158.

Teaching Areas

  • Exercise physiology