Deborah King

Professor and Grad Chair, Exercise Science and Athletic Training

Deborah King

Deborah King

An expert on the biomechanics of sport performance, Deborah King has researched the movement patterns and performance characteristics of volleyball, basketball and other sports that include “jump and land” and “stop and go” tasks, with a focus on competitive figure skating. Professional skaters and coaches use her findings to increase performance as well as to treat and prevent knee and ankle injuries as well as stress fractures.

King has written articles on how physical activity influences inflammatory markers associated with atherosclerosis, effects of the menstrual cycle on strength in female athletes, and how aerobic training affects gait characteristics of individuals with multiple sclerosis.


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Research Focus

  • Biomechanics
  • Sports medicine
  • Physics of figure skating
  • Strength training for figure skating


The Pennsylvania State University
Ph.D., Exercise and Sport Science, 1997
Dissertation title: Movement patterns, biomechanics, and performance characteristics of one legged standing

University of Massachusetts, Amherst
M.S., Exercise Science, 1992
Thesis title: The effects of a high intensity exhaustive run on running mechanics and running economy during steady state exercise in women

Bates College
B.S., Mathematics, 1990