Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology
Waters College of Health Professions

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:


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

Research Statement

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

Teaching Statement

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

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: 9/8/2020

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