The Human Performance Lab (HPL) at Stanford University focuses on sports science and sports medicine with an emphasis on biomechanics and exercise physiology. One of the goals in the HPL is to work with Stanford Athletics to optimize performance and reduce the risk of injury and illness.
Thor Besier, PhD is the Director of Research in the HPL. At the May Café, he will host a wide ranging discussion on biomechanics and the science of exercise, human performance, injury and rehabilitation. He will also present information covering his own research on knee biomechanics and his ongoing collaborations in biomechanical engineering related to mechanobiology.
Besier received his PhD in biomechanics from the University of Western Australia and Bachelor of physical education at the University of Otago (New Zealand). His research focuses on the mechanisms of musculoskeletal injury and disease, including non-contact ACL injury and patellofemoral (knee) pain. He uses advanced medical imaging and computer models to understand joint function and estimate the forces and stresses at the joint and tissue level.