Locomotor Performance Lab Hosts “Science in the City”

Professor Peter Weyand and his research team opened their Locomotor Performance Lab in Simmons for a public demonstration on how human speed is measured. The event was part of Science in the City, a Dallas Morning News engagement program with its subscribers. SMU was the site for part two of the event that included collaboration […]

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Four Applied Physiology Undergraduates Sweep Honors

Madeline Wainman, Sydney Lyng, and Kelly Lenz, students in Applied Physiology and Health Management, were recognized for their research abstract poster presentations at the Texas Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Conference in Austin this spring. Wainman, Lyng, and Lenz won first, second, and third places respectively for their work. Their mentors […]

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Prestigious Hyer Society Inducts Two Simmons Students

Amanda Woodruff, an Applied Physiology and Health Management major, and Alexandra Rutherford, a Psychology major with an Educational Studies minor, have been inducted into SMU’s Hyer Society. The society recognizes intellectually gifted undergraduates who distinguish themselves with high achievement. Woodruff is a senior interning with Assistant Professor Sushmita Purkayastha’s Cerebrovascular Research Lab and plans to […]

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NYT Covers Locomotor Performance Lab’s Research on Usain Bolt

Simmons Professor Peter Weyand, director of the  Locomotor Performance Laboratory, and colleagues Andrew Udofa and Larry Ryan were featured by the New York Times for their recent research on Usain Bolt’s speed and stride. Udofa reported  at a conference in June that Bolt may have an asymmetrical stride that influences  his speed. The existence of […]

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Applied Physiology’s Davis and Allen Discuss MS Research in Podcast

Scott Davis, associate professor in Applied Physiology and Wellness, and doctoral candidate Dustin Allen are featured in the Journal of Neurophysiology’s June podcast. They speak to Editor-in-Chief Bill Yates and  Penn State Hershey Heart and Vascular Institute’s Matthew Mueller about their work on thermoregulation in patients with multiple sclerosis. Listen. […]

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Researchers in Locomotor Performance Lab Develop New Equation for Predicting Running Speed

In the recent Journal of Experimental Biology,  Simmons researchers from the Locomotor Performance Lab, present a new equation to better predict a runner’s speed. Their findings have immediate application for running performance, injury prevention, rehab and the individualized design of running shoes, orthotics and prostheses. Researchers include Peter Weyand, Glenn Simmons Professor of Applied Physiology […]

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The Science Behind the Pogo Stick Jump

Professor Peter Weyand shared his knowledge to break down the biomechanics of XPogo demonstrations at the State Fair of Texas. In this did-you-know story, KERA reporter Courtney Collins gets to the science behind what the high-flying XPogo jumpers do. Read more here. Weyand holds the school’s Glenn Simmons Endowed Professorship and directs the Locomotor Performance […]

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Peter Weyand Participates in SUB2 Project to Push Marathon Time Barrier

Professor Peter Weyand, director of the Locomotor Performance Lab at SMU Simmons, is part of the Sub2 Project, which is at work to break the two-hour marathon barrier. Weyand is internationally recognized as an expert in human speed. Read more about his SUB2 participation in the New York Times. […]

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New Study Says Walking Burns More Calories Than Known

Simmons researcher Lindsay Ludlow and Professor Peter Weyand have determined that leading standards for measuring calories burned during walking are inaccurate, and they have calculated a more precise method of measurement. Their study, Energy expenditure during level human walking: seeking a simple and accurate predictive solution is in the Journal of Applied Physiology, published in […]

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