The Motion Analysis Laboratory, a joint venture between the Department of Health and Human Development and Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Montana State University in Bozeman, MT is seeking highly motivated graduate students with a background in athletic training who and are interested in pursuing a Masterís degree in Exercise Science and Nutrition with a concentration in Biomechanics. Start date is August, 2018.

THE PROGRAM: The graduate program provides students with an interdisciplinary experience in biomechanics (courses in both the Exercise Science and Mechanical Engineering programs), along with complimentary course work in exercise physiology, sport nutrition, research methods, and statistics. Exact coursework is tailored based on interests and goals of the student. The program emphasizes research experience in the laboratory, gaining teaching experiences in undergraduate laboratory sections, and collaborating with clinical partners in the community.

ASSISTANTSHIPS: Graduate Assistantships are available working with MSU Athletic Training. Students will provide health care for NCAA Division 1 student athletes, working primarily with football and track & field. Students will also help other teams and assist with daily Athletic Training Room duties, as needed. Potential candidates must be Athletic Training Certified (preferred) or eligible to sit for the NATABOC exam, and must be eligible for licensure as an Athletic Trainer in the State of Montana. Assistantships include a tuition waiver and monthly stipend.

RESEARCH FOCUS: Current areas of interest in the laboratory include lower extremity biomechanics in relation to injury prevention and performance with a particular emphasis on running and sports biomechanics. The lab works with athletes and teams at the community/recreational, university, and elite/professional levels and performs research both in the laboratory and in the field. There are also numerous opportunities for collaborative biomechanics and injury prevention studies working with clinicians in the community.

FACILITY: The Motion Analysis Laboratory is a brand new 2,000 square foot facility equipped with a 12-camera motion capture system, multiple force plates, an instrumented treadmill with separate 6 camera motion capture system, multiple wireless EMG systems, multiple plantar pressure systems, a six unit IMU system, isokinetic and hand held dynamometers, multiple high speed video cameras, and large monitors and projectors for real-time biofeedback. Through collaborations on campus students also have access to equipment for metabolic testing, body composition (BodPod and hydrostatic weighing), nutritional analysis, and a full machine shop for designing and building research equipment.

HOW TO APPLY: Prospective students should contact Dr. James Becker ( to discuss their research interests and whether they would be a good fit for the academic aspects of the program. Questions specifically about the Athletic Training Assistantships should be directed to Brett Ritter, ATC (
Information regarding the application process can be found on the Departmentís website:

Application deadline is February 15th, 2018.