John E. Kovaleski, Ph.D., ATC
Office Hours

HKS 1016
By appointment
Ph: (251) 461-1622
Fax: (251) 460-7252
171 Jaguar Drive
Mobile, AL 36688-0002
John E. Kovaleski, Ph.D., ATC
Professor and Chairman, Department of Health, Kinesiology and Sport
Clinical and Applied Exercise Physiology, Exercise and Functional Rehabilitation of Musculoskeletal Injury

B.S., Ed., Health Education, Biological Sciences, & Athletic Training, Ohio University, 1977
M.A., Exercise Science, Central Michigan University, 1979
Ph.D., Exercise Physiology & Human Bioenergetics, Ball State University, 1986
Teaching Philosophy
My approach to teaching integrates scientific research, academic instruction, and practical applications of sports medicine and exercise science to promote and enhance health and physical fitness and sports performance. As an educator I have two fundamental objectives related to student instruction: to promote active learning in the classroom and laboratory and to excite the student about the importance of basic and applied science to understanding human movement. These objectives place very clear expectations on the learning experience and provide for student-driven learning, open-ended inquiry and proactive problem solving.
Dr. Kovaleski serves on the teaching and research faculty in Exercise Science in the College of Education and the Center for Joint Restoration and Human Performance in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery. His research and publications include three principle areas: 1) ankle biomechanics, evaluation of ankle Instability, computer generated 3-D ankle evaluation; 2) clinical and applied exercise physiology; and 3) exercise and functional rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injury. As a result of Dr. Kovaleski’s research, instrumented measurement utilizing a spatial kinematic linkage that incorporates a 6-degrees-of-freedom electrogoniometer is available for measuring applied forces and moments and the resultant translations and rotations of the ankle complex. The use of arthrometric assessment in research has lead to publications in the biomechanical assessment of ankle-complex laxity in vivo and in vitro, in quantifying ankle instability after injury, investigating the effects of gender and athletic status on ankle-complex laxity, identifying the relationship between ankle and knee ligamentous laxity and generalized joint laxity and injury. Dr. Kovaleski has research experience in conducting numerous experimental projects as the PI, and has administrative experience in his tenure as the Director of the Human Performance Laboratory and Chairman of the HPELS Department at the University of South Alabama. Dr. Kovaleski is currently working on the use of instrumented measurement of human ankle laxity and stiffness in ankle braces and in the development of a robotic gait training system with closed-loop foot initiated kinematics control.
Dr. Kovaleski is involved in Sports Medicine community outreach endeavors through his association with the USA Center for Joint restoration and Human Performance. He also conducts sport performance testing for the University Track and Field Teams.
Dr. Kovaleski completed his Ph.D. in Human Bioenergetics from Ball State University. Dr. Kovaleski worked as a collegiate athletic trainer and director of a hospital sports medicine program before joining the faculty at South Alabama. He enjoys outdoor adventures in the Mobile and gulf coast areas.




HPE 505 - Critical Reading and Writing
HPE 516 - Physiology of Exercise
PE 474 - Sport and Fitness Conditioning
PE 476 - Exercise Physiology
PE 480 - Therapeutic Exercise
PE 495 - Internship in Exercise Science