John Mercer

Professor, Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences
Expertise: Biomechanics (physics of sports), Kinesiology (study of human movement), Running


John Mercer is a professor for the department of kinesiology & nutrition sciences, which is the study of how the human body moves. He is an expert in kinesiology, biomechanics (the physics of sports), and running. Mercer has trained as a triathlete for more than 25 years.

A prolific researcher, Mercer recently directed kinesiology-focused studies on rehabilitation techniques like running in the water and running with body weight support, how shoe design is important to consider for children runners, and if rocker-bottom styled shoes increase muscle development in the lower legs.

His work has been published in dozens of industry publications including the Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, the Journal of Applied Biomechanics, the European Journal of Applied Physiology, and Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.

Mercer is also chair of UNLV’s Biomedical Institutional Review Board, which approves, monitors, and reviews biomedical and social/behavioral research involving human subjects in order to protect their rights and welfare. 

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John Mercer In The News

Authority Magazine
November 25, 2019
Since my research is focused on biomechanics and physiology of sports, I have had many unique opportunities related to sports.
Men's Journal
June 4, 2019
The greatest thing about running is how accessible it is. You don’t need a fancy gym membership or a lot of expensive gear to get involved. The only thing you really need is a good pair of sneakers. And if you’re going to go so far as to run a full marathon —26.2 miles, plus all the training miles you need to log to get there—you need a really good pair of shoes.
Runner's World
August 27, 2018
“The bleachers are on your right. The white line’s up ahead. Keep pushing!” Jennifer Conroyd calls out to me and the 30 or so other runners she’s coaching through an interval workout. We finish our hard effort, finally easing up when Conroyd prompts, “jog it out!”
Weight Watchers Canada
March 2, 2018
Whether you’re a running veteran or new to the game, having a solid pair of shoes is crucial to a successful and enjoyable workout.

Articles Featuring John Mercer

football players look up at fireworks display
Campus NewsDecember 2, 2019
A collection of local, national, and international news stories highlighting the people and programs of UNLV.
four portraits of women
ResearchApril 9, 2019
Four students on the chances they’ve taken, the confidence they’ve gained, and the dreams they continue to chase.
researchers test drone
ResearchDecember 28, 2016
UNLV researchers and inventors made national headlines this year with their discoveries. Here's a round up of some of our top stories of 2016.
closeup of a runner's shoes
ResearchAugust 24, 2016
UNLV research shows you might need to literally walk a mile in someone's shoes to find the best fit.