Faculty Profile for Dr. Duane V Knudson

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

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Duane 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 is currently Professor of biomechanics in the Department of Health and Human Performance at Texas State. Dr. Knudson has received over 20 internal and external grants for his research on the biomechanics of sport and exercise. He has authored over 106 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, 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, qualitative movement diagnosis, learning biomechanical concepts, as well as influence and citation metrics of kinesiology research. Dr. Knudson has also authored three books, 22 chapters, and 32 peer-reviewed articles in scientific proceedings. His scholarship has been cited over 4056 times for an h-index of 32, a g-index of 57, and seven citation classics (c>100) on Google Scholar. His individualized h-index is 25 and his ResearchGate score is 35 (93rd percentile). He has authored over two dozen articles for professionals and athletes in sport magazines and web sites. He has been elected fellow of three scholarly societies. 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 receiving the 2017 Jerry R. Thomas Distinguished Leadership Award from the American Kinesiology Association (AKA). He has served on four journal editorial boards, President-elect and VP of Publications for International Society of Biomechanics in Sports (ISBS), and President of the AKA. He has been recognized as an outstanding young alumni from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and has received the 2019 SHAPE America Scholar Award, Southeast ACSM Scholar Award, SHAPE America Southern District Scholar, TAHPERD Scholar Award, and 2018 Presidential Excellence Award for Scholarship at Texas State University. Additional national honors include the 2011 Ruth B. Glassow Honor Award from the Biomechanics Academy of NASPE and the NAKHE 2016 Dudley Allen Sargent Lecture. In 2016 he was 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, and served on a Department of Education review panel for CIP 2020. 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, and teaching/learning biomechanics concepts.

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Vaganes, G., Palaiothodorou, D., & Knudson, D. V. (2018). Thirty year trends of study design and statistics in applied sports and exercise biomechanics research. International Journal of Exercise Science, 11, 239–259.
  • Knudson, D. V. (2017). Confidence crisis of results in biomechanics research. Sports Biomechanics, 16, 425–433. https://doi.org/10.1080/14763141.2016.1246603
  • Knudson, D. (2016). Future trends in the kinesiology sciences. Quest, 68, 348–360. https://doi.org/10.1080/00336297.2016.1184171
  • Allen, T., Choppin, S., & Knudson, D. (2016). A review of tennis racket performance parameters. Sports Engineering, 19, 1–11. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12283-014-0167-x
  • Knudson, D., Morrow, J., & Thomas, J. (2014). Advancing kinesiology through improved peer review. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 85, 127–135. https://doi.org/doi:10.1080/02701367.2014.898117

Selected Awards

  • 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
  • Award / Honor Recipient: SHAPE America Southern District Scholar, SHAPE America Southern District. January 10, 2017
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Life Member, International Society of Biomechanics in Sports. July 2016
  • Award / Honor Recipient: 35th Dudley Allen Sargent Award/Lecture, National Assocation for Kinesiology in Higher Education. January 2016

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 - Present). 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 - Present). 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.
  • 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.
  • Pankey, R. B (Co-Principal), McCurdy, K. (Co-Principal), Knudson, Duane (Co-Principal). Computer Technology Upgrades for Biomechanics/Sports Medicine Laboratory in the Department of HHP, Student Computing Resources (SCR) grant, Texas State University, Institutional (Higher Ed), $10244. (Submitted: January 1, 2011). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

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