Steven J. Elmer

Steven J. Elmer


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  • Interim Department Chair, Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology
  • Associate Professor, Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Biological Sciences and Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • PhD, Exercise Science, University of Utah
  • MS, Exercise Science, University of Utah
  • BS, Exercise and Sport Science, University of Utah


Dr. Elmer is an Associate 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

  • Adaptations to exercise training
  • Functional losses following injury
  • Skeletal muscle function
  • Cycling biomechanics
  • Physiology education