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Tanner Thorsen

Dr. Tanner Thorsen

Assistant Professor


Dr. Tanner Thorsen holds a Ph.D. in Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies, with an emphasis in Biomechanics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He is currently a faculty member in the School of Kinesiology at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS. His research interests include cycling biomechanics, musculoskeletal modeling and simulation, and rehabilitative biomechanics. Specifically, he is interested in biomechanically informed rehabilitation protocols for lower extremity orthopedic injuries and diseases (e.g., osteoarthritis, total knee arthroplasty). By utilizing biomechanics to understand patient-specific movement patterns, rehabilitation protocols can be tailored to improve therapeutic and post-operative outcomes. Additionally, he has experience in sports biomechanics, in the realm of collegiate soccer and football, as well as investigating the biomechanical implications of public transit.

  • Biomechanics (PHD) - University of Tennessee-Knoxville (2021)
  • MS - University of Tennessee-Knoxville (2018)

KIN 301: Kinesiology

  • The effects of Increased Q-Factor on Knee Joint Biomechanics during stationary cycling in healthy adults, 2019
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  • Effects of Increased Step Width on Knee Biomechanics During Inclined and Declined Walking, 2020
  • Does Saddle Height Influence Knee Frontal-Plane Biomechanics During Stationary Cycling, 2021
  • Increased Q-Factor Increases Medial Compartment Knee Joint Contact Force During Cycling, 2021
  • Are Medial and Lateral Tibiofemoral Compressive Forces Different in Uphill Compared to Level Walking for Patients Following Total Knee Arthroplasty, Journal of Biomechanical Engineering , 2021,
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • American Society of Biomechanics
  • International Society of Biomechanics

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Areas of Expertise

Lower Extremity Biomechanics, Orthopaedics, Musculoskeletal Modeling and Simulation, Functional Anatomy