R. Tyler Richardson, Ph.D.

R. Tyler Richardson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Kinesiology, School of Behavioral Sciences and Education
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Office Location
Educational Activity Building, S208
EAB S208
Penn State Harrisburg
Middletown, PA 17057
Biography

R. Tyler Richardson, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Kinesiology at Penn State Harrisburg. He received his undergraduate training in Mechanical Engineering before completing his master’s and doctoral degrees in Biomechanics and Movement Science all from the University of Delaware.

Dr. Richardson’s research aims to advance the understanding of shoulder and upper extremity function and to apply that knowledge to improve individuals’ lives. The heart of his work centers on measurement of scapular (shoulder blade) motion. Knowledge of dynamic scapular orientation is challenging to acquire but is required to distinguish between scapulothoracic (scapula relative to thorax) and glenohumeral (arm relative to scapula) contributions to global shoulder motion. This joint-specific information is essential to quantifying healthy and pathological shoulder function, measuring the effect of clinical interventions, understanding injury risks, and identifying factors that optimize athletic performance.

Dr. Richardson’s clinical work investigates shoulder function and the effects of surgical intervention in children with brachial plexus birth injuries, idiopathic scoliosis, and cerebral palsy through partnerships with Philadelphia Shriners Hospital for Children, A.I. du Pont Hospital for Children, and the University of Delaware. His work in sports biomechanics examines the relationships between shoulder mechanics, risks of injury, efficacy of rehabilitation regimens, and performance in baseball pitchers. He is currently the director of the Kinesiology Biomechanics Laboratory.

Professional Affiliations

  •  American Society of Biomechanics (ASB)
  • Gait & Clinical Movement Analysis Society (GCMAS)
  • Plexus Nexus
  • American Baseball Biomechanics Society (ABBS)
  • Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter American College of Sports Medicine (MARC-ACSM)
Research Interests

Upper extremity function of children with brachial plexus birth injuries

Shoulder mechanics of baseball pitchers

Development and refinement of methods to measure scapular motion

Musculoskeletal modeling

Publications

Nicholson KF, Richardson RT, Rapp van Roden EA, Quinton RG, Anzilotti KF, Richards JG. Machine learning algorithms for predicting scapular kinematics. Medical Engineering & Physics. 2019; 65: 39-45.

Rapp van Roden EA, Richardson RT, Russo SA, Rose WC, Nicholson KF, Chafetz RS, Gabos PG, Shah SA, Samdani AF, Richards JG. Analysis of shoulder complex function after posterior spinal fusion in adolescents with idiopathic scoliosis. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics. 2019; 39(1): e32-e38.

Rapp van Roden EA, Richardson RT, Russo SA, Rose WC, Chafetz RS, Gabos PG, Shah SA, Samdani AF, Richards JG. Shoulder complex mechanics in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis and their relation to patient-perceived function. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics; 38(8): e446-e454.

Rapp van Roden EA, Petersen DA, Pigman J, Conner BC, Richardson RT, Crenshaw JR. The contribution of counter-rotation movements during fall recovery: a validation study. Journal of Biomechanics. 2018; 78: 102-108.

Rapp EA, Richardson RT, Russo SA, Rose WC, Richards JG. A comparison of two non-invasive methods for measuring scapular orientation in functional positions. Journal of Biomechanics. 2017; 61(16): 269-274.

Richardson RT, Rapp EA, Quinton RG, Nicholson KF, Knarr BA, Russo SA, Higginson JS, Richards JG. Errors associated with utilizing prescribed scapular kinematics to estimate unconstrained, natural upper extremity motion in musculoskeletal modeling. Journal of Applied Biomechanics. 2017 33(6): 469-473.

Nicholson KF, Richardson RT, Quinton RG, Rapp EA, Anzilotti KF, Richards JG. Validation of a mathematical approach to estimate dynamic scapular orientation. Journal of Biomechanics. 2017; 54:101-105.

Nicholson KF, Richardson RT, Miller F, Richards JG. Determining 3D scapular orientation with scapula models and biplane 2D images. Medical Engineering and Physics. 2017; 41:103-108.

Richardson RT, Nicholson KF, Rapp EA, Johnston TE, Richards JG. A comparison of acromion marker cluster calibration methods for estimating scapular kinematics during upper extremity ergometry. Journal of Biomechanics. 2016; 49(7):1255-1258.

Collins, AT, Richardson RT, Higginson JS. Interlimb symmetry of dynamic knee joint stiffness and co-contraction is maintained in early stage knee osteoarthritis. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology. 2014; 24(4):497-501.

Education

Ph.D. in Biomechanics and Movement Science (University of Delaware)

M.S. in Biomechanics and Movement Science (University of Delaware)

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Biomedical Engineering (University of Delaware)

Course Schedule
KINES 101 – Biophysical Foundations of Kinesiology
KINES 202 – Functional Human Anatomy
KINES 360 – Neurobiology of Motor Control and Development
KINES 384 – Biomechanics
KINES 461 – Preparation for Research Project
KINES 462 – Research Project