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Student-led research is very important to the Department of Exercise Science at ESU. Both graduate and undergraduate students are supported by the faculty in their endeavors to produce research theses and dissertations. Many of these research projects are presented at regional and national meetings as well as being published in peer-reviewed journals.

Below we list the published research and professional presentations involving members of the Exercise Science faculty. Following this there is a list of some of the Masters theses and Undergraduate dissertations that have been produced by Exercise Science students.

Exercise Science Faculty Published Research

Bedoya, A.A. M.R. Miltenberger, & R.M. Lopez (2015) Plyometric training effects on athletic performance in youth soccer athletes: a systematic review. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 29, 2351-2360.

Connaboy, C., S. Coleman, G. Moir, & R. Sanders (2010) Reliability of kinematic variables in maximal undulatory underwater swimming. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 42, 762-770.

Dalrymple, K., S.E. Davis, G.B. Dwyer, & G. Moir (2010) Effect of static and dynamic stretching on vertical jump performance in collegiate women volleyball players. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 24, 149-155.

Glaister, M., C. Witmer, D.W. Clarke, J.J. Guers, J.L. Heller, & G.L. Moir (2010) Familiarization, reliability and evaluation of a multiple sprint running test using self-selected recovery periods. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 24, 3296-3301.

Lesniak, A.Y., S.E. Davis, G.L. Moir, & E.J. Sauers (2016) The effect of carbohydrate, caffeine, and combined rinses on college-aged females cycling endurance performance. Journal of Sport & Human Performance, 4, 1-10.

Marques, M.C., M. Izquierdo, R. van den Tillar, G.L. Moir, L. Sanchéz-Medina, & J.J. González-Badillo (2014) The reliability of force-time variables recorded during vertical jump performance and their relationship with jump height in power-trained athletes. International SportMed Journal, 15, 146-155.

Miller, M.C., G.L. Moir, & S.R. Stannard (2014) Validity of using functional threshold power and intermittent power to predict cross-country mountain bike race outcome. Journal of Science and Cycling, 3, 16-20.

Moir, G. & T.L. Bladen (2011) Anatomy, Kinesiology, and Biomechanics for Group Exercise Instructors. In G. DeSimone (Ed.) ACSM's Resources for the Group Exercise Instructor. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins. pp. 198-225.

Moir, G.L. (2012) Muscular endurance. In T. Miller (Ed.) NSCA's Guide to Tests and Assessments. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics. pp. 193-216.

Moir, G.L. (2012) Muscular strength. In T. Miller (Ed.) NSCA's Guide to Tests and Assessments. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics. pp. 147-191.

Moir, G.L. (2015) Strength and Conditioning: A Biomechanical Approach. Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.

Moir, G.L., B. Graham, S.E. Davis, J.J. Guers, & C.A. Witmer (2013) Effect of cluster set configurations on mechanical variables during the deadlift exercise. Journal of Human Kinetics, 39, 15-23.

Moir, G.L., D. Mergy, C.A. Witmer, & S.E. Davis (2011) The acute effects of manipulating volume and load of back squats on countermovement vertical jump performance. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 25, 1486-1491.

Moir, G.L., J.M. Gollie, S.E. Davis, J.J. Guers, & C.A. Witmer (2012) The effects of load on system and lower-body joint kinetics during jump squats. Sports Biomechanics, 11, 492-506.

Moir, G.L., K.F. Erny, S.E. Davis, J.J. Guers, & C.A. Witmer (2013) The development of a repetition-load scheme for the eccentric-only bench press exercise. Journal of Human Kinetics, 38, 23-31.

Oberacker, L.M., G.L. Moir, S.E. Davis, C.A. Witmer, & G.G. Haff (2012) The Yo-Yo IR2 test: physiological response, reliability, and application to elite soccer. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 26, 2734-2740.

Rawcliffe, A., R.J. Simpson, S. Graham, S.G. Psycharakis, G.L. Moir, & C. Connaboy (2016) Reliability of the kinetics of British Army foot-drill in untrained personnel. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, in-press.

Sole, C.J., G.L. Moir, S.E. Davis, & C.A. Witmer (2013) Mechanical analysis of the acute effects of heavy resistance exercise on agility performance. Journal of Human Kinetics, 39, 147-156.

Urquhart, B., G.L. Moir, S.M. Graham, & C. Connaboy (2015) The reliability of 1RM split-squat performance and the efficacy of assessing both bilateral squat and split-squat 1RM in a single session for non-resistance trained, recreationally active men. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 29, 1991-1998.

Wu, C.S., Y.Y. Chen, C.L. Chuang, L.M. Chiang, G.B. Dwyer, Y.L. Hsu, A.C. Huang, C.L. Lai, & K.C. Hsieh (2015) Predicting body composition using foot-to-foot bioelectrical impedance analysis in healthy Asian individuals. Nutrition Journal, 14, 52.

Exercise Science Faculty Professional Presentations

Augustine, J., G.L. Moir, C.A. Witmer, M.R. Miltenberger, & S.E. Davis (2015) Effects of a self-selected pace on VO2max during a running test to volitional fatigue. Presented at the 62nd annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine. San Diego, CA. May 30.

Bennett, D.L., G.L. Moir, S.E. Davis, & G.B. Dwyer (2013) The effects of load carriage on ground reaction force loading rates and physiological responses of soldiers. Presented at the 60th annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine. Indianapolis, IN. May 31.

Davis, S.E., B. Snyder, & G. Moir (2014) The effects of various recovery techniques on collegiate pitching performance. Presented at the 61st annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine. Orlando, FL. May 29.

Guers, J.J., S.E. Davis, G.L. Moir, & C.A. Witmer (2011) Knee kinematics during anticipated and unanticipated cutting movements in male and female soccer players. Presented at the 58th annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine. Denver, CO. June 2.

Kerns, Z., D. Bennett, G. Moir (2013) Predicting performance on a firefighting specific ability test in volunteer firefighters. Presented at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine. Harrisburg, PA. November 2.

Knurick, J.R., S.E. Davis, E.J. Sauers, & G.L. Moir (2012) The effects of a vegetarian diet on anaerobic capacity and body composition. Presented at the 59th annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine. San Francisco, CA. June 1.

Miller, M., C. Witmer, G. Moir, S. Davis (2013) Predictive validity of critical power and functional threshold power for mountain bike race performance. Presented at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine. Harrisburg, PA. November 2.

Miller, M.C., C.A. Witmer, G.L. Moir, & S.E. Davis (2014) The predictive validity of critical power and functional threshold power for mountain bike race performance. Presented at the 61st annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine. Orlando, FL. May 31.

Moir, G. (2012) Biomechanical concepts. Presented at the 2012 Conference on Strength Training and Physical Conditioning, Taipei, Taiwan. January 13.

Moir, G. (2012) Responses/adaptations to training. Presented at the 2012 Conference on Strength Training and Physical Conditioning, Taipei, Taiwan. January 16.

Moir, G. (2012) Speed development and plyometric training. Presented at the 2012 Conference on Strength Training and Physical Conditioning, Taipei, Taiwan. January 13.

Moir, G.L., A. Getz, S.E. Davis, M. Marques, & C.A. Witmer (2013) The inter-session reliability of isometric force-time variables and the effects of filtering and starting threshold. Presented at the 60th annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine. Indianapolis, IN. May 31.

Moir, G.L., B.R. Hartman, D.M. Cummings, & S.E. Davis (2011) Differences in eccentric and concentric power during squats performed in power, hypertrophy and strength workouts. Presented at the 58th annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine. Denver, CO. June 1.

Moir, G.L., J.M. Percia, S.E. Davis, & C.A. Witmer (2014) The mechanical effects of constant resistance compared to variable resistance using chains during back squats. Presented at the 61st annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine. Orlando, FL. May 28.

Moir, G.L., L. Moroski, S.N. Munford, & S.E. Davis. (2016) The effects of ballistic and non-ballistic bench press on mechanical variables and EMG. Presented at the 63rd annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine. Boston, MA. June 3.

Moir, G.L., M. Rhoades, C.A. Witmer, & S.E. Davis (2010) The effects of exercise order and load on power output and work during clean pulls. Presented at the 57th annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine. Baltimore, MD. June 3.

Moir, G.L., M.A. Tholis, & S.E. Davis (2015) Acute effects of bilateral vs. unilateral squats on sprinting in resistance- and sprint-trained athletes. Presented at the 62nd annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine. San Diego, CA. May 30.

Munford, S., L. Moroski, G. Moir, & S.E. Davis. (2016) The effects of ballistic and non-ballistic bench press on mechanical work and oxygen. Presented at the 63rd annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine. Boston, MA. June 3.

Rossetti, M.L., M. Miltenberger, J. Hartey, S. Davis, C. Witmer, & E. Sauers. (2016) Retrospective analysis of exposure to injury risk factors during youth baseball in current collegiate players. Presented at the 63rd annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine. Boston, MA. June 1.

Sauers, E.J. A.Y. Lesniak, G.L. Moir, & S.E. Davis (2015) The effects of carbohydrate, caffeine, and combined rinses on cycling performance. Presented at the 62nd annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine. San Diego, CA. May 29.

Sauers, E.J., E.F. Klinger, C.A. Witmer, M.R. Miltenberger, & S.E. Davis. (2016) The effects of N-acetylcysteine on repeated sprint performance in college-aged recreationally active men and women. Presented at the 63rd annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine. Boston, MA. June 1.

Snyder, B., J. Kelmer, G. Moir, S. Davis, M. Miltenberger, & S. Munford. (2016) The relationship between bat velocity and measures of strength and power in NCAA Division I baseball players. Presented at the 63rd annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine. Boston, MA. June 2.

Tholis, M., & G.L. Moir (2013) The bilateral deficit and the acute effects of heavy bilateral and unilateral squats on sprinting. Presented at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine. Harrisburg, PA. November 2.

Witmer, C.A., G. Blackledge, S.E. Davis, E.J. Sauers, & G.L. Moir (2014) The effect of 7 days of quercetin supplementation on repeated-sprint ability. Presented at the 61st annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine. Orlando, FL. May 28.

Witmer, C.A., J. Grazer, F. Azarelo, G.L. Moir, E.J. Sauers, & S.E. Davis (2013) The effects of 28 days of beta-alanine supplementation on repeated-sprint ability. Presented at the 60th annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine. Indianapolis, IN. May 31.

Witmer, C.A., M.A. Tholis, M.R. Miltenberger, S.E. Davis, & G.L. Moir (2015) Mechanical efficiency of repeated jump squats with reduced eccentric loading. Presented at the 38th annual meeting of the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Orlando, FL. July 11.

Witmer, C.A., S.E. Davis, & G.L. Moir (2010) The acute effects of back squats on mechanical variables during countermovement vertical jump performance in women. Presented at the 57th annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine. Baltimore, MD. June 2.

Masters Theses and Undergraduate Dissertations

Minimum cost of transport in trained versus untrained runners. Amanda Hanna, Graduate thesis 2016.

Strength and body composition changes following 4 weeks of protein supplementation in college-aged females. Eric Lawes, Graduate thesis 2016

Correlation of running economy and race times to jumping tests utilizing the stretch-shortening cycle in collegiate distance runners. Kyle Reese, Graduate thesis 2016.

The effects of an acute bout of resistance training on college-aged male 24hr RMR. Connor Saker, Graduate thesis 2016.

The effects of ballistic versus non-ballistic bench press on the mechanical and metabolic responses to three different workouts. Lindsey Moroski, Graduate thesis 2015.

The effects of a self-selected pace on VO2max and mechanical variables during a running test to volitional exhaustion. Jon Augustine, Graduate thesis 2014.

The effects of interval training and steady-state exercise on fat oxidation and VO2max in recreationally active, college-aged males. Chris Kacyon, Graduate thesis 2014.

The effect of carbohydrate, caffeine, and combined rinses on college-aged females cycling endurance performance. Ashley Lesniak, Graduate thesis 2014.

The Acute effects of chocolate milk as a recovery aid for Division II Female Athletes after repeated sprints. Christie Simonson, Graduate thesis 2014.

Physiologic and metabolic response to different pacing rates in collegiate distance runners. Patrick Filanowski, Graduate thesis 2013.

The development, reliability, and validity of a new volleyball specific repeated-effort test for collegiate female volleyball athletes. Joshua Hobson, Graduate thesis 2013.

The predictive validity of critical power and functional threshold indicated by lactate threshold for mountain bike cross-country race performance. Matt Miller, Graduate thesis 2013.

The effects of simulated road marching on the ground reaction force loading rates and metabolic responses of soldiers during military load carriage and whilst carrying a service rifle. Dave Bennett, Graduate thesis 2012.

The effects of beta-alanine supplementation on repeat-sprint performance. Jake Grazer, Graduate thesis 2012.

Kinetic and kinematic effects of chain-loaded resistance on the box squat compared to constant external resistance. Joe Persia, Graduate thesis 2012.

The effects of load on mechanical variables during eccentric bench press repetitions to failure. Kyle Erny, Graduate thesis 2011.

The effects of loading schemes on power output in the hip, knee and ankle during the jump squat. Jared Gollie, Graduate thesis 2011.

The effects of a vegetarian diet on anaerobic capacity and body composition. Jessica Knurick, Graduate thesis 2011.