Biomechanics & Motion Analysis Laboratory

AMTI Treadmill

The Biomechanics & Motion Analysis Laboratory is a teaching and research facility utilized by multiple disciplines in the Department of Health Professions at Liberty University. It is located on campus in the Science Hall and provides both undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to gain hands on experience using of a wide range of biomechanical tools used to analyze human movement. Students also have the opportunity to perform research projects in the lab as part of their degree requirements. Exercise Science courses which utilize the facility are EXSC 351 Biomechanics Lab and EXSC 551 Advanced Biomechanics Lab.

Lab Equipment

  • 10 camera Vicon 3D Motion Capture System
  • 4 AMTI In-ground Force Plates for 3D Kinetic Analysis
  • AMTI Instrumented Treadmill
  • Delsys Trigno 16 Channel Wireless EMG/Accelerometry
  • Dartfish 2D Video Analysis Workstations
  • Biodex Balance Systems
  • Biodex Unweighted Treadmill
  • Tekscan Matscan Pressure Mat
  • Jump Mats
  • Tendo Units
  • FMS Movement Screening Kits

Research Capabilities

  • 2D and 3D High Speed Video Analysis of Sport and Exercise Technique
  • Enhancement of Strength and Conditioning Technique and Power Development
  • Coordination of Movement Patterns
  • Injury Prevention of Athletes
  • Running Mechanics and Gait Analysis
  • Movement Screening and Corrective Exercise Prescription
  • Performance Enhancement of Liberty University NCAA and Club Sports Athletics

Undergraduate Research   

  • Rogers, J., Titcomb, D. (2017) Comparison of Lower Extremity Joint Reaction Forces During Barefoot Running Utilizing Rearfoot vs. Forefoot Initial Strike Pattern
  • Titcomb, D., Nelson, B., Dahl, K., Dorholt, M., DeCeglie, S., Kelly, P., and Schoffstall, J. (2013). The Effects of Stretching on Vertical Jump. Presented at the Southeastern Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine Regional Conference.
  • Lease, J. M., Schoffstall, J. E., Titcomb, D. A., and Norman, T. L. (2013). A Comparison of the Electromyography Response of the Regular Push-up vs. the Ring Push-up. Presented at the Southeastern Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine Regional Conference.
  • Norman, T. L., Schoffstall, J. E., Titcomb, D. A., and Lease, J. M., (2013). A Comparison of the Electromyography Response of the PVC Push-up vs. the Perfect Push-up. Presented at the Southeastern Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine Regional Conference.

Graduate Research 

  • Martin, C., Titcomb, D. (2017).  Functional Comparison of Three Forms of Exercise Utilized for Flexibility Enhancement: Reactive Neuromuscular Training vs Static Stretching vs Dynamic Stretching Prescriptions.
  • Feister, J., Titcomb, D. (2017) Evaluating FMS Performance and Injury Visibility in NCAA Division I Football Players

Additional Biomechanical Research

  • Titcomb, D.  (2015) A Comparison of Electromyographic Responses of the Hamstring Musculature During Seated vs. Prone Hamstring Curls. Presented at the 2015 Southeast American College of Sports Medicine Meeting, Jacksonville, FL
  • Titcomb, D. Blais, M., Lane, R. (2012) Use of Tekscan Matscan® to Detect Static Rearfoot Position Through Evaluation of Rearfoot Pressure. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 44(5): S713.
  • Titcomb, D. (2011). Midfoot Plantar Pressure: A Comparison Between Subjects With and Without Chronic Pain, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 43(5): S256. 
  • Schoffstall, J. E., Titcomb, D., and Kilbourne, B. F. (2010). Electromyographic Response of the Abdominal Musculature to Varying Abdominal Exercises. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 24(12): 3422-3426.
  • Schoffstall, J., Titcomb, D., and Kilbourne, B. (2010). Electromyographic Response of the Abdominal Musculature to the Abdominal Crunch Exercise Utilizing the Hollowing Maneuver.  Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 42(5): S207.

Lab Director

Dr. David Titcomb, PT, DPT, EP-C

Dr. Titcomb is a licensed physical therapist and also holds certifications in Exercise Physiology, Dartfish (video analysis) technology, and Functional Movement Screening. He is a member of the Christian Medical and Dental Association, American Physical Therapy Association, American College of Sports Medicine, American Society of Biomechanics, and the International Society for Biomechanics in Sports.

For questions regarding the Biomechanics & Motion Analysis Laboratory at Liberty University, please email: dtitcomb@liberty.edu