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Phone: (703) 993-7607
Fax: (703) 993-2025
Email: jmarti38 (

George Mason University
Science and Technology Campus
Katherine G. Johnson Hall 207
10890 George Mason Circle
MS 4E5
Manassas, VA 20110

Office Hours

Tuesday 1:30 - 3:00 pm


Dr. Martin earned his Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University in Kinesiology, with an emphasis in biomechanics and motor control.  He holds an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an M.S. in Kinesiology from the Pennsylvania State University as well.  He earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from SUNY Binghamton.  Dr. Martin has been the author a number of articles published in peer-reviewed journals and given numerous presentations at professional conferences.  His research interests are focused on improving the health of various populations. Specifically, he is interested in assessing movement and identifying how exercise interventions alter movement performance using a variety of biomechanical techniques. Outside of work Dr. Martin enjoys working out and experimenting with various exercise methods to continually improve his fitness. 

Research Interests
  • Biomechanics
  • Motor control
  • Quantifying movement performance using biomechanical measures
  • Physiological response and adaptations to multi-modal exercise prescriptions
  • Characterizing fitness profiles and requirements of tactical athletes
Recent Publications

1. Martin JR, Latash ML, Zatsiorsky VM (2009). Interaction of finger enslaving and error compensation in multiple finger force production. Experimental Brain Research 192(2): 293-298.

2. Martin JR, Latash ML, Zatsiorsky VM (2011).  Coordination of contact forces during multifinger static prehension.  Journal of Applied Biomechanics 27(2): 87-98.

3. Martin JR, Budgeon MK, Zatsiorsky VM, Latash ML (2011). Stabilization of the total force in multi-finger pressing tasks studied with the ‘inverse piano’ technique.  Human Movement Science 30(3): 446-458.

4. Martin JR, Zatsiorsky VM, Latash ML (2011).  Multi-finger interaction during involuntary and voluntary single finger force changes.  Experimental Brain Research 208: 423-435.

5. Martin JR, Latash ML, Zatsiorsky VM (2012).  Effects of the index finger position and force production on the flexor digitorum superficialis moment arms at the metacarpophalangeal joints – a magnetic resonance imaging study.  Clinical Biomechanics 27(5): 453-459.

6. Martin JR, Terekhov AV, Latash ML, Zatsiorsky VM (2012).  Comparison of Finger Interaction Matrix Computation Techniques. Journal of Applied Biomechanics ahead of press.

7. Martin JR, Paclet F, Latash ML, Zatsiorsky VM (2012). Changes in the Flexor Digitorum Profundus Tendon Geometry in the Carpal Tunnel Due to Force Production and Posture of Metacarpophalangeal Joint of the Index Finger: an MRI Study.  Accepted by Clinical Biomechanics.