Dr. Torry is an Associate Professor in the Biomechanics Research Laboratory of Illinois State University. Prior to returning to Illinois State University, Mike was the Director of the Biomechanics Research Laboratory of the Steadman•Hawkins Research Foundation from 1999-2010. Mike’s research has focused on the many aspects of clinical and applied human biomechanics including the dynamic performance of little league and major league baseball pitching, the EMG analysis of shoulder rehabilitation exercises, the evaluation of osteoarthritic gait, the benefits of functional knee bracing of athlete's knees and the functional performance of ACL injured and reconstructed individuals. Mike’s work has led to numerous clinical and scientific awards including the International Society of Biomechanics Clinical Biomechanics Award in 1999, International Society of Biomechanics Scherb/Novartis Award in 2001, the American Society of Biomechanics Journal of Biomechanics Award in 2002, and a Finalist for the Neer Shoulder Award in 2001. Mike was elected to the prestigious National Academy of Science Keck Futures Initiative in 2007 and currently serves as a Society Representative The US National Committee on Biomechanics. His work has been show cased on numerous media outlets including ESPN, The Today Show, MSNBC, The Discovery Channel and many others. Mike holds Adjunct Faculty positions at the University of Colorado in the Department of. Kinesiology and Applied Physiology and in the Musculoskeletal Research Center in Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. He is an Associate Editor for the Annals of Biomedical Engineering and an active journal article reviewer for over 15 different journals.
Biomechanics of human and biological systems with a focus on mechanisms of injury, injury prevention and performance optimization