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

Morcelli, M. H., LaRoche, D. P., Crozara, L. F., Marques, N. R., Hallal, C. Z., Gonçalves, M., & Navega, M. T. (2018). Discriminatory Ability of Lower-Extremity Peak Torque and Rate of Torque Development in the Identification of Older Women With Slow Gait Speed. Journal of Applied Biomechanics, 34(4), 270-277. doi:10.1123/jab.2016-0354

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

Cook, S. B., LaRoche, D. P., Villa, M. R., Barile, H., & Manini, T. M. (2017). Blood flow restricted resistance training in older adults at risk of mobility limitations. Experimental Gerontology, 99, 138-145. doi:10.1016/j.exger.2017.10.004

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., 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., 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., & 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

Correa, C., LaRoche, D., Cadore, E., Reischak-Oliveira, A., Bottaro, M., Kruel, L. F., . . . Pinto, R. (n.d.). 3 Different Types of Strength Training in Older Women. International Journal of Sports Medicine, 33(12), 962-969. doi:10.1055/s-0032-1312648

Most Cited Publications