Lab Members


Michelle Baack

Ben Noonan, MS, MD
Assistant Scientist

Dr. Noonan is the co-medical director for the Sanford Sports Science Institute, assistant scientist in the Environmental Influences on Health & Diseases Group, and an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine with an extensive background in biomechanics and human performance. His focus areas in orthopedic surgery include arthroscopic and open hip, knee and shoulder surgery. Dr. Noonan's training includes a Bachelor's Degree in mechanical engineering from North Dakota State University and a Master's Degree in exercise science and biomechanics from St. Cloud State University where he served as the strength and conditioning coach for the men's hockey team. He obtained his medical degree and completed a residency in orthopedic surgery at Yale University and went on to complete a fellowship in sports medicine and shoulder surgery at the University of Michigan where he was a member of the football medical staff. Dr. Noonan has a special passion for ice hockey which was fostered during his youth hockey coaching experience in his hometown of Moorhead, MN. He has published scientific and clinical articles related to ice hockey metabolism and thermoregulation, and he is currently working on several performance and biomechanical projects related to hockey. Dr. Noonan serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research and is a certified member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (CSCS), as well as a member of the American College of Sports Medicine. He currently serves as the team physician for the Moorhead High football and hockey teams, Fargo Force, and the NDSU football team.


Colin Bond, MS
Clinical Biomechanist

Colin is the clinical biomechanist for the Sanford Sports Science Institute in Fargo, ND. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in kinesiology – exercise science from Towson University in Towson, MD while competing as a distance swimmer on the school’s NCAA Division I swimming and diving team. Following Towson, he obtained a Master of Science in kinesiology – exercise science from the University of New Hampshire (UNH) in Durham, NH. While attending UNH, Colin completed graduate research examining lower-extremity strength and neural activation asymmetry in adults as well as coached youth club and high school swimmers. Colin is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine.