Dr. Kathryn Ludwig, Associate Professor of Biomechanics
Having completed a Master of Science degree in Physical Education at Texas Christian University, Dr. Ludwig went on to earn a Doctorate in Physical Education from Texas Woman's University. Doctoral work in Biomechanics provided her the opportunity to continue her research interest in the biomechanics of soccer, particularly the skill of heading.
Biomechanics is the science of the internal and external forces acting on the human body and the effects produced by these forces. Dr. Ludwig's research interests in Biomechanics include examining the effect of fatigue on the muscle activity and joint moments during sidestep cutting, the relationship between leg extension power and rowing power output in female collegiate rowers, and the psychomotor skills and heading technique of men's and women's soccer players over a season of collegiate soccer. Dr. Ludwig teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in kinesiology, biomechanics, mechanical analysis of human movement, ethics, motor learning, and research methods. Her weekend activities still include her life-long love - soccer. She began playing at age 6, and coaching at age 18. She coached the NCAA Division I University of Arkansas Hogs Women's Soccer Team in 1988-90.
Dr. Ludwig has been very active in University service over her years at Barry. She has served on several Faculty Senate Committees including ethics, communication and technology, retention and dismissal. Dr. Ludwig served as a Senator from HPLS from 2006-2008, and was a co-secretary of the Faculty Senate in 2007-2008 prior to being nominated for Chair-Elect. Dr. Ludwig was awarded a continuing contract and promotion to Associate Professor in 2005.