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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
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.
John Mercer, a biomechanist in the department of kinesiology and nutrition sciences at UNLV, has dedicated the majority of his adult life to testing the limits of physical abilities.
The significance behind this study helped researchers understand the effects of shock absorption in terms of preventing running injury.
Love a good run, but keep getting leg injuries? That could be because the way we run puts the brunt of jogging’s hard impact shocks on our lower limbs.
Articles Featuring John Mercer
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UNLV research shows you might need to literally walk a mile in someone's shoes to find the best fit.