Michael Lawrence

Michael Lawrence is the Manager of the Motion Analysis Laboratory (MAL) at the University of New England's Biomechanics Laboratory and supports all faculty research in the MAL. Mike also mentors both graduate and under graduate students in the MAL.

His personal research interests include the mechanics of various strength training exercises, strength and conditioning, and the neuromuscular control of movement.

Outside of UNE, he is a competitive powerlifter and holds an Professional total in the 275lb weight class. His best lifts are: 820 lbs squat (925 lbs equipped), 480 lbs bench (661 lbs equipped), and a 710 lbs deadlift. Mike also owns North East Iron Works, a small gym in Saco focused on competitive strength sports.



Ball State University



Ball State University



Kinesiology and Biomechanics

Strength and conditioning

Resistance Training

Lower Extremity Biomechanics


Current Research

Muscle Activity and Ground Reaction Forces while Squatting with an Unstable Load

Ground Reaction Forces and Bar Velocity while Deadlifting with Chains

Research Interests

Resistance Training

Sport Biomechanics

Selected Publications

Lawrence M, Hartigan E, Tu CLower limb moments differ when towing a weighted sled with different loads and attachment points. Sports Biomechanics, 2013.

Carlson LA, Koch AJ, Lawrence M. Influence of Flo-Dynamics Intervention on Measures of Performance in Older Persons. Clinical Interventions in Aging, 2013.

Cottle C, Carlson LA, Lawrence M. Effects of Sled towing on Sprint Starts. Journal of Strength and Conditioning. 2014.

Other Scholarly Activity

Mentored Student Research Projects

Bisesti B, Cottle C, Lawrence M, Carlson LA. A Comparison of Knee Moments during a Lateral Cutting Maneuver: Shod vs. Barefoot. 2012.

Cottle C, Bisesti B, Jackson M, Carlson LA, Lawrence M. Kinetic Differences in Weighted and Un-Weighted Sprint Starts. 2012.

Fowler C, Lawrence M, Koch AJ, Carlson LA. Effects of Acute cold Exposure on Performance. 2013.

Lyons C, Carlson C, Lawrence M. Force Production and Muscle Activity During Sprint Starts while Pulling a Heavy Sled. 2014.

Cottle C, Stoltzfus S, Lawrence M. Does a Neuromuscular Training Program Improve Mechanics during Landing and Cutting maneuvers. 2014-2015.

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Michael Lawrence



Motion Analysis Laboratory Manager

Adjunct Lecturer

Portland Campus

Linnell Hall


(207) 221-4274

On Campus