Steven J. Elmer

Steven J. Elmer

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Interim Department Chair and Assistant Professor, Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

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

Biography

Dr. Elmer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology at Michigan Technological University. His research goals are to find better ways to restore musculoskeletal function, maintain health, and improve performance in healthy and clinical populations. Specifically, his research is focused on three key areas: 1) mechanics of skeletal muscle contraction, 2) coordination of locomotor tasks, and 3) exercise interventions to improve physical conditioning and mobility. Applications for his research range from basic aspects of muscle contraction to applied human performance in a variety of settings including injury, rehabilitation, ergonomics, and sport.

Research Interests

  • Neuromuscular function and dysfunction
  • Adaptations to eccentric exercise
  • 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