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Li Li

Ph.D., University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Professor of Kinesiology
Office: Statesboro Campus-Hollis Building – Room 0107B
Phone: 912-478-8015; Fax: 912-478-0381
Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Teaching Statement

College experience is a small part of a life long learning process.


Research Statement

Dr. Li’s research is focused on the neuromuscular coordination of human postural control, especially postural stability during standing and walking.

Research Interests

  • Biomechanics of human movement
  • Aging
  • Running injuries
  • The effects of certain pathologies on human movement (especially peripheral neuropathy, diabetes, and cerebral palsy)
  • Gait analysis

Ongoing Projects

  • Core stability measurements and their effects on movement performance
  • Running with knee pain
  • The effects of different types of running shoes on running performance
  • Nerve conduction velocity study related to people with peripheral neuropathy
  • Neuromuscular mechanisms of contracture related to people with cerebral palsy
  • The effects of locomotion on navicular drop
  • The effects of diaper on baby’s gait
  • Ultrasound measurements of muscle structure and the effects of stretch

Recent Publications

Wang, Y., Liang, L., Wang, D., Tang, Y., Wu, X., Li, L. &Yu., L. (2019 Online publication). Cycling with Low Saddle Height is Related to Increased Knee Adduction Moments in Healthy Recreational Cyclists. European Journal of Sport Science. 1-19.

Zhang, S., Li, Y., & Li, L. (2019). Running ground reaction force complexity at the initial stance phase increased with ageing. Sports biomechanics. 1-10. 10.1080/14763141.2019.1596300.

Li, L., Zhang, S., & Dobson, J. (2019). The contribution of small and large sensory afferents to postural control in patients with peripheral neuropathy. Journal of Sport and Health Science. 8: 218-27.

Olson, M. W., & Li, L. (2018). Repetitive trunk loading leads to faster trunk movement in response to external perturbation. Journal of biomechanics. 80: 95-101.

Song, Q., Li, L., Zhang, C., Sun, W., & Mao, D. (2018). Long-term Tai Chi Practitioners Have Superior Body Stability under Dual Task Condition during Stair Ascent. Gait & Posture. 66: 124-9.

Zhang, S., Pan, J., & Li, L. (2018). Non-linear changes of lower extremity kinetics prior to gait transition. Journal of Biomechanics. 77: 48-54. Doi: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2018.06.022.

Ruan, M., Li, L., Chen, C., & Wu, X. (2018). Stretch Could Reduce Hamstring Injury Risk During Sprinting by Right Shifting the Length-Torque Curve. Journal of strength and conditioning research. 32(8): 2190-2198.

Pan, J., Liu, C., Zhang, S., & Li, L. (2016). Tai Chi Can Improve Postural Stability as Measured by Resistance to Perturbation Related to Upper Limb Movement among Healthy Older Adults. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, DOI:10.1155/2016/9710941.

Holmes, M. L., Manor, B., Hsieh, W. H., Hu, K., Lipsitz, L. A., & Li, L. (2016). Tai Chi training reduced coupling between respiration and postural control. Neuroscience letters610, 60-65.

Zhang, S., Manor, B., Li, L. (2015). H-Index Is Important for Postural Control for People with Impaired Foot Sole Sensation. PLoS One, 10(3): DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0121847

Professional Affiliations and Organizations

International Chinese Society of Physical Activities and Health; 

American College of Sports Medicine

Society for Health and Physical Education

International Society of Biomechanics.

Last updated: 1/7/2021