Portrait of Stephen Cobb

Stephen C. Cobb, PhD, ATC

  • Associate Professor, Kinesiology


Ph D Sport Science, Georgia State University 2005
MS Sports Medicine, Georgia State University 1999
BA Sports Medicine, Messiah College 1994

Speaker Topics

  • Lower-Extremity Injuries and Rehabilitation
  • Exercise Science

Interests & Expertise

Stephen Cobb’s research interests are focused on ankle and foot function during gait. Specifically, he is interested in investigation of the pathoetiological factors and abnormal lower extremity and foot gait mechanics associated with common ankle and foot pathologies (e.g. foot pain in older adults, plantar heel pain, chronic ankle instability). The goal of his research is to identify modifiable factors that can be targeted during treatment/rehabilitation interventions for patients, and/or in programs aimed at preventing ankle and foot injury/disease.

Selected Publications

Gerstle EE, O’Connor K, Keenan KG, Slavens BA, & Cobb SC. (2022). The Effect of Age and Fall History on Lower Extremity Neuromuscular Function During Descent of a Single Transition Step. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1123/japa.2021-0521.

Gerstle E, O’Connor K, Keenan KG, Slavens BA, Cobb SC. The influence of age and fall history on single transition step kinematics. Clinical Biomechanics. 2021:89: 105456.

Seneli R, Beschorner K, O’Connor K, Keenan K, Earl-Boehm J, Cobb SC. Foot joint coupling variability differences between habitual rearfoot and forefoot runners prior to and following an exhaustive run. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology. 2021:57: 102514.

Gerstle EE, O’Connor K, Keenan KG, Cobb SC. Foot and ankle kinematics during descent from varying step heights. Journal of Applied Biomechanics. 2017:33(6):453-459.

Cobb SC, Joshi MN, Pomeroy RL. Reliability of a seven-segment foot model with medial and lateral midfoot and forefoot segments during walking gait. Journal of Applied Biomechanics. 2016:32(6): 608-613.

Honors & Awards

Graduate School Research Fellow (2012) University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Wisconsin Research Fellow (2010)

Courses Taught

KIN 220 - Anatomical Kinesiology
KIN 320 - Biomechanics
KIN 590 - Biomechanics of Aging
KIN 720 - Advanced Biomechanics Research