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

  • van Werkhoven, H., Farina, K.A., Langley, M.H. (2019). Using a soft conformable foot sensor to measure changes in foot strike angle during running. Sports, 7, 184.
  • Gurchiek, R.D., McGinnis, R.S., Needle, A.R., McBride, J.M., 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, S.J. (2017). Foot structure is correlated with performance in a single-joint jumping task. Journal of Biomechanics, 57, 27-31
  • Takahashi, K.Z., Gross, M.T., van Werkhoven, H., Piazza, S.J., Sawicki, G.S. (2016). Adding stiffness to the foot modulates soleus force-velocity behaviour during human walking. Scientific Reports, 6:29870.
  • Lidstone D.E., van Werkhoven, H., Stewart, J.A., Gurchiek R.D., Burris, M.E., Rice P.E., Feimster, G.W., McBride, J.M. (2016). Medial gastrocnemius muscle-tendon interaction and architecture change during exhaustive hopping exercise. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, 30, 89-97.
  • van Werkhoven, H., Piazza, S.J. (2013). Computational model of maximal-height single-joint jumping predicts bouncing as optimal strategy. Journal of Biomechanics, 46(6), 1092-1097.
  • Baxter, J.R., Novack, T.A., van Werkhoven, H., Pennell, D.R., & Piazza, S.J. (2012). Ankle joint mechanics and foot proportions differ between human sprinters and non-sprinters. Proceedings of the Royal Society: Biological Science, 729(1735), 2018-2024.
Title: Associate Professor, PhD, Biomechanics, Graduate Faculty

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Phone: (828) 262-7120

Fax: (828) 262-3138

Office address
Leon Levine Hall 412D