John Mercer

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

Biography

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

Openfit
April 7, 2020
In this Coronavirus quarantine, getting outside for any reason at all feels like a treasure. Since gyms and yoga studios are closed to maintain social distance (6 feet between you and others), going for walks or runs outdoors seems to be our only option if we want a little vitamin D with our cardio.
Newswise
March 24, 2020
As local, state, and federal public health officials continue to urge social distancing as the best way to stay safe from the coronavirus pandemic, Americans across the country are hunkering down in their homes and finding ways to adjust to the new, albeit temporary, restrictions on daily life.
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.

Articles Featuring John Mercer

closeup of a runner's shoes
Business and CommunityMarch 23, 2020
UNLV experts provide tips and tricks for your dinner, workout routine.
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Campus NewsDecember 2, 2019
A collection of local, national, and international news stories highlighting the people and programs of UNLV.
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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.