Health Sport Sciences
Office Location: 313 Fieldhouse
Phone: (901) 678-5025
Dr. Max R. Paquette earned a Bachelors Degree in Human Kinetics and a Masters Degree in Biomechanics under Dr. Lori Ann Vallis from The University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada). He completed his PhD training under Dr. Songning Zhang at The University of Tennessee in the area of Biomechanics. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health and Sport Sciences at The University of Memphis, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate exercise science and biomechanics classes.
His research interests are largely focused on the biomechanics of the lower limb for performance enhancement and injury prevention. Specifically, he focuses his research on the effects of exercise interventions and gait modifications on joint mechanics, function and, quality of life in aging and knee osteoarthritis populations. He is also interested in the effects of different footwear, fatigue, foot strike patterns and training interventions in runners on injury and performance related biomechanical and physiological variables. Dr. Paquette also works on fall prevention research for older adults with a history of falling. For more information visit the Musculoskeletal Analysis Laboratory website.
Dr. Paquette actively collaborates with researchers from other institutions within the US and around the World. He is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Society for Biomechanics, the Canadian Society for Biomechanics and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Dr. Paquette has consulted with high school, collegiate and World-class track and field athletes and their coaches to optimize performance and reduce injury risks.
He competed as a collegiate athlete in cross country and track at The University of Guelph (Canada) and served as team captain in 2008. During his collegiate career with the Guelph Gryphons, he won multiple national titles in cross country and track and in 2008, he was a national and Olympic Trials finalist in the 3000m steeplechase with the Speed River Track & Field Club. Dr. Paquette now lives in Memphis with his wife Lauren, who is a professional track and field athlete and Baylor University alumnus, and their two dogs, Baylor and Nimbus.