Herman van Werkhoven


  • Ph.D. in Kinesiology (Biomechanics), The Pennsylvania State University, 2014
  • M.S. in Kinesiology (Biomechanics), The Pennsylvania State University, 2008
  • B.Soc.Sci. in Sports Psychology, The University of Pretoria, 2004
  • B.Eng. in Electrical Engineering, The University of Pretoria, 1998

Current Teaching

  • ES 3550 – Introduction to Biomechanics
  • ES 5591 – Biomechanical Laboratory Assessment

Professional Affiliations / Organizations

  • American Society of Biomechanics

Laboratory Affiliation

Research Interests

  • Novel motion analysis techniques to assess movement outside the traditional laboratory

Selected Publications

Hawley, VS, Gurchiek, RD, van Werkhoven, H. (2022). Can foot anthropometry predict vertical jump performance? Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 36(7), 1860-1865.

Farina, KA, Needle AR, van Werkhoven, H. (2021). Continuous tracking of foot strike pattern during a maximal 800-meter run. Sensors, 21(17), 5782.

van Werkhoven, H, Farina, KA, Langley, MH. (2019). Using a soft conformable foot sensor to measure changes in foot strike angle during running. Sports, 7, 184.

Gurchiek, RD, McGinnis, RS, Needle AR, McBride, JM, van Werkhoven, H. (2018). An adaptive filtering algorithm to estimate sprint velocity using a single inertial sensor. Sports Engineering, 21, 389-399.

van Werkhoven, H, Piazza, SJ. (2017). Does foot anthropometry predict metabolic cost in running? Journal of Applied Biomechanics, 33, 317-322.

Gurchiek, RD, McGinnis, RS, Needle AR, McBride, JM, van Werkhoven, H. (2017) The use of a single inertial sensor to estimate 3-dimensional ground reaction force during accelerative running tasks. Journal of Biomechanics, 61, 263-268.

Title: Associate Professor, PhD, Biomechanics, Graduate Faculty

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-7120

Fax: (828) 262-3138

Office address
Leon Levine Hall 412D