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. He is interested in the effects of different footwear, foot strike patterns and training interventions in running and other sport movements on kinematic and kinetic variables of the lower extremity. Particularly, Dr. Paquette aims to understand mechanical adaptations to eccentric training on performance and recovery in runners. He also focuses his research on lower limb biomechanics and motor control in aging and knee osteoarthritis populations during exercise and complex gait tasks such as stair negotiation and obstacle avoidance. He is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Society for Biomechanics, the Canadian Society for Biomechanics and the Footwear Biomechanics Group. Dr Paquette has consulted with elite 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 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. Dr. Paquette still runs on a daily basis with other local runners and on occasion competes in local and regional races.