Kazuma Akehi

Associate Professor - Athletic Training

Office: CUSH 165   |    Phone: (308) 865-8600   |    Email: akehik1@unk.edu

Kazuma Akehi



Ph.D. in Health and Human Performance emphasis with Athletic Training, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK

M.S. in Wellness Management emphasis with Exercise Science, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK

B.S. in Exercise Science emphasis with Athletic Training, University of Nebraska at Kearney, Kearney, NE

Professional Organizations and Affiliations

National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA)

Mid-American Athletic Trainers Association (MAATA)

Ethnic Diversity Advisory Committee – Nebraska State Representative

Nebraska State Athletic Trainers Association (NSATA)

Research Interests

The non-invasive assessment of the soft-tissue architectural characteristics and effects of orthopedic injuries and its therapeutic intervention on neuromuscular and musculotendinous properties in recreationally active and athletic population.

Publications (selected)

  • Akehi K, Long BC, Warren AJ, Goad CL. Ankle joint angle and lower leg musculotendinous unit response with cryotherapy. J Strength Cond Res. 2016.
  • Palmer TB, Akehi K, Thiele R, Smith DB, Brennan TJ. Reliability of panoramic ultrasound imaging to simultaneously examine muscle size and quality of the hamstring muscles in young, healthy males and females. Ultrasound Med Biol. 2015:41(3):675-684.
  • Palmer TB, Akehi K, Thiele R, Smith DB, Warren AJ, Brennan TJ. Dorsiflexion, plantar-flexion, and neutral ankle positions during passive resistance assessments of the posterior hip and thigh muscles. J Athl Train. 2014:50(5).
  • Akehi K, Long BC. Application of menthol counterirritant effect on hamstring flexibility, sensation of pressure, or skin surface temperature. Athl Train Sports Health Care. 2013:5(5):234-240.

Student Scholarly Projects

  • Dull C. Effects of physical activity, psychological factors, and neuromuscular characteristics on fall risks in the elderly population. Summer Student Research, 2016
  • Friesen L. Comparing patient reported success rate of two shoulder surgical procedures: SLAP lesion repair vs biceps tenodesis in patients over 40. Undergraduate Research Fellows. Fall-Spring, 2015-2016
  • Sakai R. Effects of competitive female college sports participation on muscular morphological adaptation and knee ligamentous injury: case study. Spring, 2016
  • Kasl A. Thigh muscular architecture changes during season-long college soccer participation: preliminary study, Undergraduate Research Fellows. Fall-Spring, 2015
  • Dull C. Impact of the musculoskeletal injury history on the participation of college intramural sports. Undergraduate Research Fellows. Fall-Spring, 2015
  • Eguchi K. Accumulative stress assessment on ulnar collateral ligament for baseball pitchers using diagnostic ultrasound. Original Graduate Student Research, 2015
  • Limbach L. Effects of Graston technique and foam rolling procedure on posterior lower extremity flexibility. Summer Student Research. Summer, 2015