Dain LaRoche

Phone: (603) 862-4859
Office: Kinesiology, New Hampshire Hall Rm 219, Durham, NH 03824
Dain Laroche bio photo in Kinesiology Exercise Science

My Research Aims to:
• Understand the interplay of neuromuscular, metabolic, and biomechanical function in the limitation of mobility of older adults
• Test neuromuscular responses to exercise, strength and power asymmetry, passive-elastic muscle-tendon unit properties
• Develop gerontechnology for tracking physical activity and movement quality, exercise program delivery, and assistance for independent living


  • Ph.D., Exercise and Sport Science, University of Utah
  • M.S., Exercise Science, University of Massachusetts - Amherst
  • B.S., Kinesiology: Exercise Science, University of New Hampshire

Research Interests

  • Aging in Place
  • Biomechanics
  • Exercise
  • Geriatrics
  • Mobility in Aging
  • Muscle Structure/Function
  • Obesity

Courses Taught

  • KIN 620: Physiology of Exercise
  • KIN 705: Topics in Applied Physiology
  • KIN 722: Applied Biomechanics
  • KIN 724: ExMetab:Acute/Chronic Adapt
  • KIN 805: Topics in Applied Physiology
  • KIN 902: Colloquium/Exercise Science

Selected Publications

LaRoche, D. P., Melanson, E. L., Baumgartner, M. P., Bozzuto, B. M., Libby, V. M., & Marshall, B. N. (2018). Physiological determinants of walking effort in older adults: should they be targets for physical activity intervention?. GeroScience, 40(3), 305-315. doi:10.1007/s11357-018-0032-0

LaRoche, D. P., Villa, M. R., Bond, C. W., & Cook, S. B. (2017). Knee extensor power asymmetry is unrelated to functional mobility of older adults. Experimental Gerontology, 98, 54-61. doi:10.1016/j.exger.2017.08.008

Bond, C. W., Cook, S. B., Swartz, E. E., & Laroche, D. P. (2017). Asymmetry of lower extremity force and muscle activation during knee extension and functional tasks. Muscle & Nerve, 56(3), 495-504. doi:10.1002/mus.25506

LaRoche, D. P. (2017). Plantarflexor passive-elastic properties related to BMI and walking performance in older women. Gait & Posture, 53, 55-60. doi:10.1016/j.gaitpost.2017.01.007

LaRoche, D. P., Marques, N. R., Cook, S. B., Masley, E. A., & Morcelli, M. H. (2016). Augmenting strength-to-weight ratio by body weight unloading affects walking performance equally in obese and nonobese older adults. AGE, 38(1). doi:10.1007/s11357-016-9881-6

LAROCHE, D. P., MARQUES, N. R., SHUMILA, H. N., LOGAN, C. R., LAURENT, R. S., & GONÇALVES, M. (2015). Excess Body Weight and Gait Influence Energy Cost of Walking in Older Adults. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 47(5), 1017-1025. doi:10.1249/mss.0000000000000501

LaRoche, D. P., Greenleaf, B. L., Croce, R. V., & McGaughy, J. A. (2014). Interaction of age, cognitive function, and gait performance in 50–80-year-olds. AGE, 36(4). doi:10.1007/s11357-014-9693-5

Crystal, N. J., Townson, D. H., Cook, S. B., & LaRoche, D. P. (2013). Effect of cryotherapy on muscle recovery and inflammation following a bout of damaging exercise. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 113(10), 2577-2586. doi:10.1007/s00421-013-2693-9

LaRoche, D. P., Cook, S. B., & Mackala, K. (2012). Strength Asymmetry Increases Gait Asymmetry and Variability in Older Women. MEDICINE AND SCIENCE IN SPORTS AND EXERCISE, 44(11), 2172-2181. doi:10.1249/MSS.0b013e31825e1d31

LaRoche, D. P., Kralian, R. J., & Millett, E. D. (2011). Fat mass limits lower-extremity relative strength and maximal walking performance in older women. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, 21(5), 754-761. doi:10.1016/j.jelekin.2011.07.006

LaRoche, D. P., Millett, E. D., & Kralian, R. J. (2011). Low strength is related to diminished ground reaction forces and walking performance in older women. Gait & Posture, 33(4), 668-672. doi:10.1016/j.gaitpost.2011.02.022

LaRoche, D. P., Cremin, K. A., Greenleaf, B., & Croce, R. V. (2010). Rapid torque development in older female fallers and nonfallers: A comparison across lower-extremity muscles. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, 20(3), 482-488. doi:10.1016/j.jelekin.2009.08.004

Laroche, D. P., Knight, C. A., Dickie, J. L., Lussier, M., & Roy, S. J. (2007). Explosive force and fractionated reaction time in elderly low- and high-active women. MEDICINE AND SCIENCE IN SPORTS AND EXERCISE, 39(9), 1659-1665. doi:10.1249/mss.0b013e318074ccd9

LAROCHE, D. P., KNIGHT, C. A., DICKIE, J. L., LUSSIER, M., & ROY, S. J. (2007). Explosive Force and Fractionated Reaction Time in Elderly Low- and High-Active Women. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 39(9), 1659-1665. doi:10.1249/mss.0b013e318074ccd9

LaRoche, D. P., & Connolly, D. A. J. (2006). Effects of Stretching on Passive Muscle Tension and Response to Eccentric Exercise. The American Journal of Sports Medicine, 34(6), 1000-1007. doi:10.1177/0363546505284238

Bode, V. G., Croce, R. V., Quinn, T. J., & LaRoche, D. P. (n.d.). Influence of excess weight on lower-extremity vertical stiffness and metabolic cost of walking. European Journal of Sport Science, 1-9. doi:10.1080/17461391.2019.1652350