Suzanne Konz, PhD
School of Kinesiology
Phone: (304) 696-2926
Suzanne M. Konz, PhD, ATC, CSCS is an Assistant Professor of Biomechanics with the School of Kinesiology at Marshall University. She serves as the Lab Director for the School of Kinesiology’s Biomechanical Lab. Suzie received a PhD in Exercise Science from Brigham Young University, a Master’s of Science in Kinesiology from Indiana University – Bloomington, and a Bachelor of Science from Iowa Wesleyan College. Suzie was a member of Wesleyan’s cross country and track teams. She was an Academic All-American in Indoor and Outdoor Track. She earned All-American honors in Outdoor Track as well. Suzie worked as a certified athletic trainer and as a certified strength and conditioning specialist in clinical, high school, collegiate, and professional athletic settings. She worked with soccer, football, softball, and track at the D-I level. Suzie was an athletic trainer for the 2002 SLC Olympic games where she was assigned to bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton. As part of her duties with SLOC, she was assigned to the same events for the test events in the years prior to the Games. She is involved with USA Track & Field as a member of the Sport Science Biomechanics group; specializing in the throwing events and is specifically assigned to hammer throw. Suzie has worked the NFL Combine performing isokinetic testing on NFL prospects. Besides researching hammer throw technique, Suzie’s other areas of research include the biomechanical effects of weight change in athletes from the ages of 12-21, re-injury rates of overweight and obese athletes, and improving lower extremity dysfunction.
Find out more about Dr. Konz in this 2015 Marshall Minute video.
Steven Leigh, PhD
School of Kinesiology
Phone: (304) 696-5405
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.