Michael Asmussen

Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology, Lakehead University
Master's of Science, Lakehead University
PhD Kinesiology, McMaster University
Postdoctoral Fellow, Musculoskeletal Biomechanics, University of Calgary

Assistant Professor

Office: B344L
Phone: 403.440.7215
Email: masmussen@mtroyal.ca

Dr. Michael Asmussen is the Canada Research Chair in Neuromechanics and Human Physiology and leads the Foot-Ankle Stability (FASt) Lab. 

His research program focusses on how the foot and ankle are essential for humans to walk and run.  Although walking and running may seem like simple movements, the execution of these tasks is complex – and, for some, difficult – considering the coordination required across the nervous, muscular, and skeletal systems. When people experience a musculoskeletal or neural impairment that affects the foot and ankle, their ability to walk or run is severely compromised. Dr. Asmussen’s research seeks to understand the structure, function, and neural control of the foot and ankle during locomotion in healthy, injured, and diseased states. His research program is funded by an NSERC Discovery Grant (2021-2026).

Understanding the foot and ankle’s role in locomotion is complicated by the fact that these structures are incredibly complex (e.g., 26 bones, 33 joints, 100+ ligaments, muscles, tendons)! To address this complexity, Dr. Asmussen uses a combination of biomechanical tools, physiological measures, computational modelling, and simulation techniques to answer his research questions.  The end goal of this research program is to translate research outcomes into innovative healthcare solutions, including biofeedback systems and participant-specific bracing solutions aimed at improving stabilization of the foot and ankle and hence, a person’s ability to safely walk and run.

BIOL 1216 – Human Physiology
BIOL 2110 – Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology
BIOL 2203 – Human Anatomy
BIOL 3205 – Human Physiology II
BIOL 5208 – Anatomy and Physiology Capstone