School of Sport and Exercise Science
College of Natural and Health Sciences
A major research interest of mine focuses on the effects of lower extremity structural limitations on the mechanics and energetics of locomotion. I use an interdisciplinary approach to my research that draws from three primary areas: biomechanics, exercise physiology, and motor control. Thus, my research philosophy is one that involves a number of research collaborators with expertise in different areas. Research projects I am currently involved with include: 1) functional outcomes following lower extremity amputation, 2) postural stability and gait mechanics in various populations including cancer survivors and those with end-stage ankle osteoarthritis, 3) effects of loading on barefoot energetics and mechanics, and 4) musculoskeletal modeling of amputee locomotion.
Dames, K. & Smith, J.D. (2015). Effects of load carriage and footwear on spatiotemporal parameters, kinematics, and metabolic cost of walking. Gait & Posture, 42(2), 122-126.
Smith, J.D., Ferris, A.E., Heise, G.D., Hinrichs, R.N., & Martin, P.E. (2014). Oscillation and reaction board techniques for estimating inertial properties of a below-knee prosthesis.Journal of Visualized Experiments, 87, e50977, doi:10.3791/50977.
Smith, J.D., Villa, S., & Heise, G.D. (2013). Effects of asymmetrical loading on intersegmental dynamics during walking. Human Movement Science, 32(6), 1443-1455.
Smith, J.D., Royer, T.D. & Martin, P.E. (2013). Asymmetrical loading affects intersegmental dynamics during the swing phase of walking. Human Movement Science, 32(4), 652-667.
Smith, J.D. & Martin, P.E. (2013). Effects of prosthetic mass distribution on metabolic costs and walking symmetry. Journal of Applied Biomechanics, 29(3), 317-328.