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Lara Duke

Sport Science Department Chair
Sport Science Diploma Coordinator

Dartfish (ver. 6.0) Certified Technologist
Sport Science Department
Faculty of Science and Technology
Office number: N1343
Office phone: 604 527 5893

Education Credentials
BS, Cum Laude (Furman University) 1998
MSESS, Biomechanics Specialization (University of Florida) 2000

Academic & Professional Profile
Lara has 16 years of post-secondary teaching experience in Canada and the United States. Before starting at Douglas College in September 2004, she taught at North Carolina State University (Raleigh, North Carolina) in the Physical Education Department and the University of Florida (Gainesville, Florida) as a graduate teaching assistant.  Lara combines knowledge from kinesiology and engineering sciences to construct undergraduate Biomechanics curriculum. The designed curriculum engages students whose goals include teaching physical education, career coaching, and kinesiology degrees.  Additionally, she presents course material and content in a student-centered format to promote autonomous, inquiry development as part of the learning experience.

Lara’s previous research interests include running injury research and sport specific research topics. Fall 2012, Lara earned the Dartfish Certified Technologist (version 6.0) credential and continues to explore kinematic motion analysis research opportunities. Recently, Lara applied a comprehensive qualitative analysis model to Canadian Wheelchair Curling athletes to improve technical aspects of their game in preparation for the Winter 2014 Paralympics. Lara is developing relationships with local sports clubs and college varsity athletic teams to provide motion analysis for athletes and coaches.   

Teaching Concentrations
Lara is one of the lead instructor for SPSC 1151 Biomechanics and has made curriculum development contributions in the areas of Human Nutrition, Motor Learning, Conditioning for Sport and Physical Activity, and Introduction to Sport Injuries.

Courses for 2016-2017 Academic Year
SPSC 1151 Biomechanics
SPSC 3154 Integrated Movement Analysis

Professional Affiliations
BC Association of Kinesiologists
Canadian Society of Biomechanics​
National Association of Kinesiology in Higher Education

Select Publications and Presentations
Meaney K.S., Liu, T.,  Duke, L.M. (2016). Creating Entrepreneurial and Innovative Fund Raising OpportunitiesThrough Service Learning. Kinesiology Review. (in progress).

Duke, L.M. (2016, January-February). A Service Learning Approach: Aligning Douglas College’s Strategic Plan while Engaging Local Communities. Roundtable Presentation at the Annual Leadership Workshop of the American Kinesiology Association. San Antonio, TX, USA.

Duke, L.M. and Bauer, J.A. (2011). Examining Biomechanical and Anthropometrical Factors as Contributors to Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome. Sport Science Review.  XX(1-2), 39-53. DOI: 10.2478/v10237-011-0045-4

Roberts, T., Moore, L., Dewitt, J., Ormond, F., MacBeth, J.  (2003, February). The Contribution of Exercise and Non-Exercise Variables on College Students’ Cognitive Performance in Health/Fitness Classes. Lecture presentation at the annual meeting of the Southern District American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, Savannah, GA, USA.

Moore, L.M., Bauer, J.A., Cauraugh, J.H., Kaminski, T.W., Schick, E.A. (2001, May-June). Examining Biomechanical and Anatomical Factors as Contributors to Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome. Free communication/slide presentation at the annual American College of Sports Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA.

Bauer, J.A., Hass, C.J., Vincent, K.R., Moore, L.M., Pattishall, J.L. (2000, May-June). Plantar Pressure Assessment of Healthy Elderly During Quiet Stance. Poster presentation at the annual American College of Sports Medicine Meeting, Indianapolis, IN, USA.