Steven J. Elmer

Steven J. Elmer


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  • Assistant Professor, Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology
  • Affiliated Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences
  • Affiliated 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


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

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

Recent Publications

  • Elmer, S.J., Joyner, M.J., & Carter, J.R. (in press). Two hour marathon: what do students think? Advances in Physiology Education.
  • Elmer, S.J., Anderson, D.J., Wakeham, T., Kilgas, M.A., Durocher, J.J., Lindstedt, S.L., & LaStayo, P.C. (2017). Upper-body eccentric exercise: improvements in muscle strength and power at moderate training intensities. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 117, 1473-1483.
  • Kilgas, M.A., & Elmer, S.J. (2017). Back to the future! Revisiting the physiological cost of negative work as a team-based activity for exercise physiology students. Advances in Physiology Education, 41, 120-129.
  • Elmer, S.J., McDaniel, J., & Martin, J.C. (2016). Biomechanics of counterweighted one-legged cycling. Journal of Applied Biomechanics, 32, 78-85.
  • Elmer, S.J., Carter, K.R., Armga, A.J., & Carter, J.R. (2016). Evaluation of blended learning within an exercise physiology laboratory. Advances in Physiology Education, 40, 64-69.
  • 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.

Recent Funding

National Science Foundation
American College of Sports Medicine
Michigan Tech Research Excellence Fund
Michigan Tech Center for Teaching and Learning

Teaching Experience

  • Exercise physiology
  • Advanced Exercise Physiology
  • Exercise Physiology Laboratory
  • Human Biomechanics
  • Foundations of Kinesiology
  • Graduate Seminar