Suzanne Konz, Ph.D., ATC, CSCS
Program Director, Undergraduate and Graduate Biomechanics
School of Kinesiology, Professor, Biomechanics
Office Location: Gullickson Hall D Level, GH114A
Suzanne M. Konz, Ph.D., ATC, CSCS, is a Professor of Biomechanics and currently serves as the Biomechanics Program Director for the School of Kinesiology at Marshall University. A native of Iowa, Dr. Konz received a Ph.D. in Exercise Science from Brigham Young University, a Master of Science in Kinesiology from Indiana University – Bloomington, and a Bachelor of Science from Iowa Wesleyan College. Suzanne has worked as a certified athletic trainer and certified strength and conditioning specialist in clinical, high school, collegiate, and professional athletic settings for over 25 years. Suzanne was appointed the chair of the NATA’s Committee on Professional Ethics (COPE) in 2019 having served as COPE member for nine previous years. She also serves as the WVATA’s Governmental Affairs Committee chair assisting the WVATA in advocating for athlete health and safety in the State of West Virginia. Her research interests include concussion, sports performance as it relates to injury risk and prevention, hammer throw technique, and equipment reliability. Dr. Konz’s concussion research surrounds low load, high-frequency activities and the effect on brain health. The concussion research group was awarded a NASA Director’s Discretionary Grant. She is involved with USA Track & Field as a member of the Sports Science Biomechanics group, specializing in the throwing events and is specifically assigned to hammer throw. She has worked with this group assisting Olympic caliber athletes improve performance since 2003. The USATF Sport Science group uses the latest technology to provide instant feedback as well as 3-D analysis of technique kinematics and kinetics. Dr. Konz was awarded the C. Harmon Brown award in 2019 by USATF to acknowledge the benefit her work has contributed to the athletes and coaches of USATF at the national level. Suzanne also has worked the NFL Combine performing isokinetic testing on NFL prospects since 2009.
Find out more about Dr. Konz in this 2015 Marshall Minute video.
Steven Leigh, PhD
School of Kinesiology, Associate Professor, Biomechanics
Office Location: Gullickson Hall D Level, GH114B
Dr. Steven Leigh, PhD, AMinstP is an Associate Professor of Biomechanics with the School of Kinesiology at Marshall University. Steve received a Bachelor of Science from Loughborough University in the UK, and completed his doctoral work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Steve is interested in the interrelationships between technique, athletic performance and injury. His research explores sports performance enhancement through modifying technique. He also investigates the causes of non-contact injuries. He applies this line of research by designing and evaluating performance training, injury prevention, and injury rehabilitation programs. Steve’s research emphasis is with throwing sports in general, and injuries to the shoulder and elbow specifically. He has analyzed the throwing motion of elite javelin and discus throwers for USA track and field, and baseball pitchers, to help them reduce their risk for injury and improve their performance. Steve is also interested in the core methodology of biomechanics, and ways of applying biomechanics research to real-life situations effectively. He has worked with clinicians to investigate how to assess patients’ rehabilitation progress objectively using biomechanical methods, and to provide feedback that is meaningful.