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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

Zhang, T., Mao, M., Sun, W., Li, L., Chen, Y., Zhang, C., Zhang, X., & Song, Q. (2021). Effects of a 16-week Tai Chi intervention on cutaneous sensitivity and proprioception among older adults with and without sensory loss. Research in Sports Medicine. Doi: 10.1080/15438627.2021.1906673

Ruan, M., Li, L., Zhu, W., Huang, T., & Wu, X. (2021). The Relationship Between the Contact Force at the Ankle Hook and the Hamstring Muscle Force During the Nordic Hamstring Exercise. Frontiers in Physiology, 12. Doi: 10.3389/fphys.2021.623126

Pan, J., Zhang, S., & Li, L. (2021). Paired nonlinear behavior of active and passive joint torques associated with preparation for walk-to-run gait transition. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, 102527.

Guo, L., Wu, Y., & Li, L. (2020). Dynamic Core Flexion Strength is Important for Using Arm-Swing to Improve Countermovement Jump Height. Applied Sciences, 10(21), 7676. Doi:10.3390/app10217676

Li, L. (2020, online first). Fatigue, fatigability, and muscle torque reduction. Gait & posture, S0966-6362. Doi: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2020.09.011

Song, Q., Shen, P., Mao, M., Sun, W., Zhang, C., & Li, L. (2020). Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation Improves Pain and Descending Mechanics among Elderly with Knee Osteoarthritis. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, 30(9): 1655-1663. Doi:10.1111/SMS.13709

Pan, J., Liu, C., Li, L., & Zhang, S. (2020). The Effect of Tai Chi Exercise on Postural Time-to-Contact in Manual Fitting Task among Older Adults. Gait & Posture. 82: 61-67

Song, Q., Sun, W., Zhang, C., Mao, M., & Li, L. (2020). Effects of a Dual-Task Paradigm and Gait Velocity on Dynamic Gait Stability during Stair Descent. Applied Sciences, 10(6):1979. Doi:10.3390/app10061979

Colquitt, G., Kiely, K., Caciula, M. C., Li., L., Vogel, R. & Moreau, N. (2020). Community-Based Upper Extremity Power Training for Youth with Cerebral Palsy: A Pilot Study. Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics. 40(1): 31-46.

Wang, Y., Liang, L., Wang, D., Tang, Y., Wu, X., Li, L. &Yu., L. (2020). Cycling with Low Saddle Height is Related to Increased Knee Adduction Moments in Healthy Recreational Cyclists. European Journal of Sport Science. 20(4): 461-467.

Professional Affiliations and Organizations

  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • International Chinese Society of Physical Activities and Health
  • International Society of Biomechanics
  • National Academy of Kinesiology

Last updated: 6/8/2021