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John Mercer

Associate Dean, Allied Health Sciences

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. 

John Mercer In The News

Apr 24, 2017

People set all kinds of goals when they work out. Feeling better. Losing a few pounds. Becoming a bit healthier.

Oct 24, 2016

Consumers in sporting goods stores today are faced with seemingly countless choices of footwear. But are any of those innovations really helping you run longer or jump higher? And are those expensive sneakers any better?

Jun 17, 2016

'Maximalist' trainers don't transform performance, suggests a new study—but that hasn't stopped top athletes from wearing them.

Jun 17, 2016

Can fat-soled shoes that appear to have been constructed in part from marshmallows help you run better?

Articles Featuring John Mercer

researchers test drone
Dec 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
Aug 24, 2016

UNLV research shows you might need to literally walk a mile in someone's shoes to find the best fit.

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