Robert D. Clark, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Kinesiology
- Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA Ph.D., in Motor Control/Biomechanics, 1998
- Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA M.S. in Motor Control/Motor Learning, 1993-1996
- California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA B.S., in Physical Education and Kinesiology, 1989-1992
- Ventura College, Ventura, CA Liberal Arts 1987-1989
- KINE 522 Advanced Biomechanics
- KINE 406 Neuroantomy
- KINE 302 Biomechanics
- KINE 301 Functional Muscle Anatomy
- KINE 311 Strength Training Instruction
- KINE 230 Aquatic Fitness Activities
- Also supervise undergraduate and graduate students involved in research
Think of your brain as a tool; not just a bucket. A bucket can carry things (theories, facts, concepts), but is limited and will only carry so much. A tool on the other hand can be used to build things and solve problems. On the road of life, develop and carry with you a well crafted set of tools. You will go further, continue to learn, and help more people than you ever will with just a bucket.
Research and Interests
- Biomechanics of Cycling
- Muscle stiffness effects on running and jumping performance
- Dynamics of postural control including gait and locomotion
Notable Academic Appointments and Awards
- 2000-2001 Distinguished Lecturer California Faculty Association California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo --- $ 500
- 1998 Corbett Research Award (LSU) --- $ 2200
- 1997 Corbett Research Award (LSU) --- $ 2200
- Member of the Cal Poly State University Human Subjects Review Committee; Health Professions Steering Committee; Health Professions Resource Committee.
- Member of the Department College Based Fee Committee.
- Faculty Advisor to the Pre-Physical Therapy Club
- Book Reviewer for McGraw-Hill Publishers.
- Clark, R. D., Conrad, V., & Hollenbeak, S. (2006). The influence of head orientation during goal-directed walks without vision along a curvilinear path. Journal of Human Movement Studies, 50, 307-320.
- Kinesiology undergraduate Victoria Conrad and graduate student Steven Hollenbeak assisted in the data collection and analysis. This study is a follow up to previous published works that examine sensory integration and goal directed locomotion.
- Clark, R. D., & Sidaway, B. (2001). The influence of head orientation with respect to direction of travel during goal-directed walks without vision. Journal of Human Movement Studies, 41, 151-164. Experiment No. 2 from Doctoral Dissertation completed at Louisiana State University.
- Clark, R. D., & Sidaway, B. (1999). Altered gait and head position effects on goal directed walking without vision. Journal of Human Movement Studies, 37, 107-126.
- Hamm, G., Peterson, J., Repp, R., & Clark, R. D. Human powered vehicle (HPV) ergonomic study project. Presented at the annual SWACSM conference, San Diego, CA, 2007.
- Fortino, W., Clark, R. D., & Hancock, J. The effects of static stretching, passive stretching, or running warm-up on sub-maximal running economy in trained, competitive female, distance runners. Presented at the annual SWACSM conference, San Diego, CA, 2006.
- Fonda, M., Puhl, S., Clark, R. D., Davis, S., Walker, J., & Schaffner, A. Physiological responses of mountain bikers using different bicycle suspension systems on a simulated race course. Presented at the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, 2006.
- Fonda, M., Puhl, S., Clark, R. D., & Davis, S., Physiological responses of competitive mountain bikers using different bicycle suspension systems on a simulated cross- country race course. Presented at the annual SWACSM conference, Las Vegas NV, 2005.
- Hall, K. G., A. Black, & R. D. Clark. The speed/accuracy trade-off when teaching young males to pitch in baseball. Presented at the annual NASPSPA conference, Clearwater Beach FL, 2005.
- Tompkins, C. M., & Clark R. D. Effects of three different pre-activity warm-up methods on 100 meter sprint performance in collegiate track athletes. Presented at the annual SWACSM conference, Las Vegas NV, 2004.
- Klier, J, Clark, R. D., & Davis, S. C. Effects of altering prosthetic mass and limb moment of inertia on amputee gait. Presented at the annual SWACSM conference, Las Vegas NV, 2003.