Gretchen Oliver


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Office: 105 Kinesiology Building

Units: School of Kinesiology

Campus Mail: 301 Wire Road


Phone: (334) 844-1497

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Academic Areas

Fitness, Conditioning and Performance


Physical Activity and Health


Ph.D. in Philosophy in Education, Biomechanics, 2003, Texas Women's University

M.S. in Education, Kinesiology, Biomechanics, 1999, University of Arkansas

B.S. in Education, Kinesiology, Athletic Training, 1996, University of Arkansas

Professional Experience

2019 - Present

Professor, Auburn University

2012 - 2019

Associate Professor, Director of Laboratory for Sports Medicine & Movement, Director of Sports Medicine USA Team Handball, Auburn University

2006 - 2012

Assistant Professor, Director of University of Arkansas Sport Biomechanics Group; Clinical Coordinator of the Graduate Athletic Training Education Program, University of Arkansas

2005 - 2006

Assistant Professor, Associate Program Director/Clinical Coordinator of Graduate Athletic Training Education Program, Stephen F. Austin State University

2004 - 2005

Assistant Professor, Director of the Athletic Training Education Program , Eastern Kentucky University

2002 - 2005

Assistant Professor, Clinical Coordinator of the Athletic Training Education Program, Eastern Kentucky University

Teaching Interests

  • Fitness and conditioning with emphasis in biomechanics and sports medicine
  • Corrective Exercise (undergraduate course)
  • Biomechanics of Sport Injury (graduate course)

Research Interests

Gretchen Oliver, Ph.D., has a primary research focus on injury prevention and performance enhancement. She is particularly interested in youth overhead throwing, baseball pitching, and softball pitching. Her Lab examines athletes from youth baseball pitchers to collegiate and professional baseball and softball players. She has a special interest in the area of fatigue in extended performances in baseball and softball pitching and throwing. She is considered one of the elite biomechanists in sports medicine who examine youth overuse injuries in baseball and softball.


  Sports Medicine and Movement Lab - Dr. Gretchen Oliver


  Publications - Research Gate