Faculty Profile for Dr. Duane V Knudson

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Dr. Duane V Knudson
Regents' Professor — Dept of Health & Human Performance
JOW A116
phone: (512) 245-2561

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Duane Knudson, Ph.D., FNAK, FISBS, FACSM, RFSA is currently Regents’ and University Distinguished Professor of biomechanics in the Department of Health and Human Performance at Texas State University. Dr. Knudson earned his Ph.D. in biomechanics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has held tenured faculty positions at Baylor University, California State University-Chico, and Texas State University. He has received over 20 internal and external grants for his research on the biomechanics of sport and exercise. He has authored over 125 peer-reviewed articles in influential biomechanics and kinesiology journals including the Journal of Applied Biomechanics, International Journal of Sport Biomechanics, Sports Biomechanics, Sports Engineering, Gait & Posture, Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, International Journal of Sports Medicine, Sports Medicine, British Journal of Sports Medicine, Journal of Sports Sciences, Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, European Journal of Applied Physiology, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, Kinesiology Review, Quest, and Journal of College Science Teaching. His research areas are in the biomechanics of tennis, stretching, application of biomechanics in qualitative movement diagnosis, learning biomechanical concepts, as well as influence and quality of research in biomechanics and kinesiology. Dr. Knudson has also authored three books, 26 chapters, and 39 peer-reviewed articles in scientific proceedings. His scholarship has been cited over 7000 times for an h-index of 37, a g-index of 68, and sixteen citation classics (c>100) on Google Scholar. His ResearchGate score is 36.4 (95th percentile). He has authored over three dozen articles for professionals and athletes in sport magazines and web sites. He has been elected fellow of four scholarly societies, including the prestigious, honorary National Academy of Kinesiology. His research has been featured in the New York Times and a documentary. Dr. Knudson has also been a successful administrator serving as associate dean (5 years), department chair (10 years), and associate chair (5 years); receiving the 2017 Jerry R. Thomas Distinguished Leadership Award from the American Kinesiology Association (AKA). He has served on five journal editorial boards, President and VP of Publications for the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports (ISBS), and President of the AKA. He has been recognized with the outstanding young alumni award from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and has received the Southeast ACSM Scholar Award, SHAPE America Southern District Scholar, TAHPERD Scholar Award, and the Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarship at Texas State University. Additional national honors include the 2019 SHAPE America Scholar Award, 2011 Ruth B. Glassow Honor Award from the Biomechanics Academy of NASPE and the NAKHE 2016 Dudley Allen Sargent Lecture. In 2016 he was also recognized as a Life Member of ISBS for his contributions to the field and society. He has been invited to speak at numerous national and international conferences, review for the Institute of Medicine, served on a Department of Education review panel for CIP 2020, and the kinesiology field of study committee for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Dr. Knudson’s ORCID iD is 0000-0003-0809-7970.

Web sites summarizing his scholarly work are available at:

Teaching Interests

Biomechanical Concepts
Active/Experiential Learning

Research Interests

Biomechanics of sport and exercise, tennis, stretching, qualitative movement diagnosis, teaching/learning biomechanics concepts, and research quality in biomechanics/kinesiology.

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Knudson, D. V., & Wallace, B. (2021). Student perceptions of low-tech active learning and mastery of introductory biomechanics concepts. Sports Biomechanics, 20(4), 458–468. https://doi.org/10.1080/14763141.2019.1570322
  • Knudson, D. V. (2021). Fundamentals of Biomechanics 3rd ed. New York, USA: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-51838-7
  • Myers, N. L., Aguilar, K., Mexicano, G., Farnsworth, J. L., Knudson, D. V., & Kibler, W. B. (2020). The Acute: Chronic Workload Ratio is Associated with Injury in Junior Tennis Players. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. https://doi.org/10.1249/MSS.0000000000002215
  • Knudson, D. V. (2019). Kinesiology’s Tower of Babel: Advancing the Field with Consistent Nomenclature. Quest, 71, 42–50. https://doi.org/10.1080/00336297.2018.1492427
  • Hsieh, C., & Knudson, D. V. (2018). Important learning factors in high and low achieving students in undergraduate biomechanics. Sports Biomechanics, 17, 361–370. https://doi.org/10.1080/14763141.2017.1347194

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Regents' Professor, Texas State University System. October 2020 - Present
  • Award / Honor Recipient: University Distinguished Professor, Texas State University. April 6, 2020 - Present
  • Award / Honor Recipient: 2019 SHAPE America Scholar, SHAPE America. April 2019
  • Award / Honor Recipient: 2018 Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarship-Professsor/Assoc. Professor Level. May 2018
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Jerry R. Thomas AKA Distinguished Leadership Award, American Kinesiology Association. January 2018

Selected Grants

  • Myers, Natalie Louise (Principal), Knudson, Duane V (Supporting), Kibler, Ben (Supporting). The acute:chronic workload ratio in adolescent tennis players: Associations with injury, United States Tennis Association, Private / Foundation / Corporate, $15000. (Funded: September 2018 - December 2020). Grant.
  • Myers, Natalie Louise (Principal), Knudson, Duane V (Supporting). The acute:chronic workload ratio in relation to injury risk in adolescent tennis players., Texas State University, $16000. (Funded: December 8, 2017 - December 2018). Grant.
  • Chow, J. W (Co-Principal), Damon, D. S. A (Co-Principal), Knudson, Duane (Principal). Effects of ball size on racket acceleration, muscular activity, and reaction time in novice tennis players, USTA Sport Science Committee, Private / Foundation / Corporate, $9500. (Submitted: 2001). Grant.
  • Knudson, Duane (Principal), Blackwell, J. (Co-Principal). Effect of the type 3 ball on court movement, muscle actions, and shock transmitted to the arm of the tennis player, USTA Technical Committee, Private / Foundation / Corporate, $18982. (Submitted: 2000). Grant.
  • Pankey, Robert (Co-Principal), McCurdy, Kevin (Co-Principal), Knudson, Duane (Co-Principal). Computer Technology Upgrades for Biomechanics/Sports Medicine Laboratory in the Department of HHP, Student Computing Resources, Institutional (Higher Ed), $10244. (Submitted: September 1, 2011, Funded: September 1, 2011 - August 31, 2012). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Editorial Review Board Member
Sports Biomechanics
January 1, 2005-December 2024
International Society of Biomechanics in Sports
September 2018-September 2022
IPEDS Technical Review Panel: CIP 2020
June 2018-December 2019
Kinesiology Field of Study Committee: THECB
January 2018-December 2019
Technology Enhanced Classroom Committee
May 2018-Present