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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 endeavours 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

Babbitt, D.M., S.E. Davis, D.M. Cummings, & G.B. Dwyer (2010) The effect of hydration status on physiological performance in an indoor cycling class of active women. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 42, S392.

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.

Daniels, F.S. & G.B. Dwyer (2006) Program and Administration / Management. In the American College of Sports Medicine's Clinical Certification Review. 2nd Edition. Baltimore. Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins. Editors: J. Roitman & K. Babi.

Davis, S.E., J.L. Dieterich, L.L. Van Meter, F.M. Pullo (2004) Body dissatisfaction, drive for thinness and obligatory exercise among certified fitness instructors. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 36, S141.

Davis, S. E. & E. Headley (2006) An evaluation of body image among NCAA Division II intercollegiate male athletes and non-athletes. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 38, S206.

Davis, S.E., K. Hodnik, P. Parker, & G.B. Dwyer (2009) A comparison of body dissatisfaction and obligatory exercise among certified fitness instructors and regular exercisers. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 41, S437.

Davis, S.E., D. Ibarra, C. Witmer, & T. Gioglio (2007) An evaluation of body size of high school football players in NEPA over three decades. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 39, S403.

Davis, S.E., H.L. Nieboer, D.M. Cummings, C. Shotwell, & G. Rozea (2008) The occurence of obesity and disease state in former Division II NCAA football athletes. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 40, S471.

Davis, S.E., D.L. Paruszewski, L.L. Van Meter, & F.M. Pullo (2005) Body dissatisfaction, obligatory exercise and menstrual irregularity among NCAA Division II female athletes. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 37, S141.

Dwyer, G.B. & S.E. Davis (2007) Client Health-Related Physical Fitness Assessments. In the American College of Sports Medicine's Resources for the Personal Trainer. 2nd Edition. Baltimore. Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins. Editors: W. Thompson & K. Baldwin.

Dwyer, G.B. & S.E. Davis (2005) ACSM's Health-Related Physical Fitness Assessment Manual. Baltimore. Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins. First Edition: 2005. Second Edition: 2008.

Dwyer, G.B., G. Moir, & M. Glaister (2009) What dictates the self selection of recovery time in multiple repeat sprint training? Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 41, S305.

Dwyer, G.B., C. Ord, K. Hodnik, B. Freel, & P.M. Parker (2008) Stages of change thoughts, self efficacy and barriers to exercise among college students. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 40, S321.

Glaister, M., M.H. Stone, A.M. Stewart, M. Hughes, & Moir G.L. (2006) Aerobic and anaerobic correlates of multiple sprint cycling performance. Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research, 19, 831-837.

Glaister, M., M.H. Stone, A.M. Stewart, M.G. Hughes, & G. Moir (2006) The influence of endurance training on multiple sprint cycling performance. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 38, S487.

Glaister, M., M.H. Stone, A.M. Stewart, M. Hughes, & G.L. Moir (2007) The influence of endurance training on multiple sprint cycling performance. Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research, 21, 606-612.

Glaister, M., C. Witmer, D.W. Clarke, J.J. Guers, J.L. Heller, & G. Moir (2009) Familiarization, reliability and evaluation of a multiple sprint running test using self-selected recovery periods. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 41, S387.

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. In press.

Glass, S. & G.B. Dwyer (2007) ACSM's Metabolic Calculations Handbook. Baltimore. Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins.

Gordon, B.S., G.L. Moir, S.E. Davis, C. Witmer, & D. Cummings (2009) An investigation into the relationship of flexibility, power and strength to club head speed in male golfers. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 23, 1606-1610.

Kaminsky, LA. & G.B. Dwyer (2006) Body Composition. In the American College of Sports Medicine's Resource Manual for Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription. Baltimore. Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins. Editor: L.A. Kaminsky.

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

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. (2008) The effects of different calculations of vertical jump height in men and women. Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science, 12, 207-218.

Moir, G.L., J.R. Dale, & W.W. Dietrich (2009) The acute effects of heavy back squats on mechanical variables during a series of bilateral hops. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 23, 1118-1124.

Moir, G.L., A. Garcia, & G.B. Dwyer (2008) Reliability of kinetic and kinematic variables during vertical jump performance in men and women. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 40, S428.

Moir, G.L., A. Garcia, & G.B. Dwyer (2009) Inter-session reliability of kinetic and kinematic variables during vertical jump performance in men and women. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 4, 317-330.

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., D. Ochnich, C.A. Witmer, & S.E. Davis (2009) The effects of exercise order on power output and mechanical work during power cleans. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 41, S294.

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. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 42, S355.

Moir, G., R.H. Sanders, C. Button, & M. Glaister. (2007) The effect of periodized resistance training on accelerative sprint performance. Sports Biomechanics, 6, 285-300.

Moir, G., R. Sanders, C. Button, & M. Glaister (2007) The effect of resistance training on hip-knee continuous relative phase measures during accelerative sprinting. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 39, S480.

Moir, G.L., P. Shastri, & C. Connaboy (2008) The reliability of vertical jump performance in men and women. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 22, 1779-1784.

Oberacker, L.M., G.L. Moir, S.E. Davis, C.A. Witmer, & G.G. Haff (2012) The effects of stable and unstable surface resistance training on performance of female soccer players. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. In press.

Witmer, C.A., S.E. Davis, & G.L. Moir (2010) The acute effects of heavy resistance exercise on vertical jump performance in men and women. Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, 9, 206-213.

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. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 42, S207.

Witmer, C.A., D. Mergy, G. Moir & S. Davis (2009) Acute effects of manipulating volume and load of back squats on countermovement vertical jump performance. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 41, S295.

Yetter, M. & G.L. Moir (2008) The acute effects of heavy back and front squats on 40 m sprint trials. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 22, 159-165.

Exercise Science Faculty Professional Presentations

Babbitt, D.M., S.E. Davis, D.M. Cummings, & G.B. Dwyer (2010) The effect of hydration status on physiological performance in an indoor cycling class of active women. Presented at the 57th annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine. Baltimore, MD. June 3.

Cummings, D. (2004) Cardiovascular Wellness and Activity. Saonfi-Pastuer, Swiftwater, PA.

Dalrymple, K., S.E. Davis, G.B. Dwyer, & G. Moir (2007) Effect of static and dynamic stretching on vertical jump performance in collegiate women volleyball players. Presented at the 54th annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine. New Orleans, LA. May 30.

Davis, S.E., J.L. Dieterich, L.L. Van Meter, F.M. Pullo (2004) Body dissatisfaction, drive for thinness and obligatory exercise among certified fitness instructors. Presented at the 51st annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine. Indianapolis, IN. June 4.

Davis, S.E. & E, Headley (2006) An evaluation of body image among NCAA Division II intercollegiate male athletes and non-athletes. Presented at the 53rd annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine. Denver, CO. May 31.

Davis, S.E., K. Hodnik, P. Parker, & G.B. Dwyer (2009) A comparison of body dissatisfaction and obligatory exercise among certified fitness instructors and regular exercisers. Presented at the 56th annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine. Seattle, WA. May 29.

Davis, S.E., D. Ibarra, C. Witmer & T. Gioglio (2007) An evaluation of body size of high school football players in NEPA over three decades. Presented at the 54th annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine. New Orleans, LA. June 1.

Davis, S.E., H.L. Nieboer, D.M. Cummings, C. Shotwell, & G. Rozea (2008) The occurence of obesity and disease state in former Division II NCAA football athletes. Presented at the 55th annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine. Indianapolis, IN. May 31.

Davis, S.E., D. L. Paruszewski, L.L. Van Meter & F. M. Pullo (2005) Body dissatisfaction, obligatory exercise & menstrual irregularity among NCAA Division II female athletes. Presented at the 52nd annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine. Nashville, TN. June 2.

Dwyer, G.B. & D. Cummings (2004) A prototype arm/leg cycle ergometer's affect on exercise electrocardiogram artifact. Presented at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine. Bushkill, PA.. November 5.

Dwyer, G.B. & A.J.F. Cardelle (2004) Physical activity amongst Latinos living in rural Pennsylvania. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association. Washington, DC. Abstract # 84180.

Dwyer, G.B., G. Moir, & M. Glaister (2009) What dictates the self selection of recovery time in multiple repeat sprint training? Presented at the 56th annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine. Seattle, WA. May 27.

Dwyer, G.B., C. Ord, K. Hodnik, B. Freel, & P.M. Parker (2008) Stages of change thoughts, self efficacy and barriers to exercise among college students. Presented at the 55th annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine. Indianapolis, IN. May 29.

Fogel, J., J. Cronan, L. Haney, & G.B. Dwyer (2005) Participation and motivational factors for engaging in physical activity among college age females. Presented at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine. Harrisburg, PA.

Guers, J., G. Moir, S.E. Davis, & C.A. Witmer (2009) Comparison of knee kinematics in male and female soccer players. Presented at the 4th annual Coaches and Sport Science College. East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN. December 18.

Glaister, M., M.H. Stone, A.M. Stewart, M.G. Hughes, & G.L. Moir (2006) The influence of endurance training on multiple sprint cycling performance. Presented at the 53rd annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine. Denver, CO. June 2.

Glaister, M., C. Witmer, D.W. Clarke, J.J. Guers, J.L. Heller, & G. Moir (2009) Familiarization, reliability and evaluation of a multiple sprint running test using self-selected recovery periods. Presented at the 56th annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine. Seattle, WA. May 28.

Gordon, B., G. Moir, S.E. Davis, C. Witmer, & D. Cummings (2006) The relationship of strength, power, and flexibility to club head speed in male golfers. Presented at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine. Harrisburg, PA. November 11.

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.

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. (2012) Biomechanical concepts. Presented at the 2012 Conference on Strength Training and Physical Conditioning, Taipei, Taiwan. January 13.
 
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. & M. Dunstane (2007) The acute effects of heavy back squats on vertical jump performance in men and women. Presented at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine. Harrisburg, PA. November 3.

Moir, G.L., A. Garcia, & G.B. Dwyer (2008) Reliability of kinematic and kinetic variables during countermovement vertical jumps in men and women. Presented at the 55th annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine. Indianapolis, IN. May 30.

Moir, G.L., D. Ochnich, C.A. Witmer, & S.E. Davis (2009) The effects of exercise order on power output and mechanical work during power cleans. Presented at the 56th annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine. Seattle, WA. May 27.

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., R. Sanders, C. Button, & M. Glaister (2007) The effect of resistance training on hip-knee continuous relative phase measures during accelerative sprinting. Presented at the 54th annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine. New Orleans, LA. June 2.

Moir, G. & M. Yetter. (2006) The acute effects of heavy back squats on 40 m sprinting speed. Presented at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine. Harrisburg, PA. November 11.

Sole, C., G. Moir, S.E. Davis, & C.A. Witmer (2009) Kinematic analysis of the effects of heavy resistance exercise on short term agility performance. Presented at the 4th annual Coaches and Sport Science College. East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN. December 18.

Stone, J., D. Paruszewski, J. Akob, & G.B. Dwyer (2004) Reasons to exercise and patterns of exercise among college students in a university recreation center. Presented at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine. Bushkill, PA.. November 5.

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.

Witmer, C.A. (2004) Fitness and weight room facilities: planning and management. Presented at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine. Bushkill, PA. November 6.

Witmer, C.A. (2006) Teaching wellness to university students: a practical approach. Presented at the PSAHPERD State Convention. Champion, PA. December 2.

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.

Witmer, C.A., D. Mergy, G.L. Moir & S.E. Davis (2009) Acute effects of manipulating volume and load of back squats on countermovement vertical jump performance. Presented at the 56th annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine. Seattle, WA. May 27.

Masters Theses and Undergraduate Dissertations

Obligatory exercise, eating disorders and body image disorder in certified group fitness instructors. Kate Hodnik. Graduate thesis 2008.

The use of pedometers to measure physical activity of elementary school aged children in northeastern Pennsylvania. Marley Jensen. Graduate thesis 2008.

The acute effects of high-load versus high-volume resistance exercise on vertical jump performance in female athletes. David Mergy. Graduate thesis 2008.

An examination of the relationship between bodybuilders, muscle dysmorphia, and anabolic steroid use. Tiffany Mulally. Graduate thesis 2008.

The effects of exercise order on power output during a power clean. Dan Ochnich. Graduate thesis 2008.

The relationship between prayer and stress in college athletes. Caitlin Ord. Graduate thesis 2008.

The effects of load and repetitions on target muscle activation during the flat bench exercise. Sam Stettler. Graduate thesis 2008.

The effect of heavy back squats on performance during a series of bilateral hops. Jon Dale. Graduate thesis 2007.

The effects of late-night eating on academic and physical performance in undergraduate college students. Matt Doyle. Graduate thesis 2007.

A comprehensive study of collegiate athlete's psychological responses to season ending injuries. Alex Jensen. Graduate thesis 2007.

The evaluation of various motivational techniques in coaching Division I collegiate football. Philip Mannie. Graduate thesis 2007.

A preliminary investigation between performance assessments and winning percentage among Division I female collegiate soccer players. Eric Markovcy. Graduate thesis 2007.

The psychological effects of anterior cruciate ligament tears on Division II collegiate athletes: males versus females. Allison Marrinan. Graduate thesis 2007.

Frequency of supervised clinical visits on treating low back pain with individual therapeutic exercise. Michael Merenich. Graduate thesis 2007.

The prediction of playing time from standard physical fitness assessments in scholastic women's soccer players. Robert McIntee. Graduate thesis 2007.

Rotational versus linear method of baseball swing: resultant speed and angle. Kirk Meuller. Undergraduate dissertation 2007.

The occurrence of obesity in former NCAA collegiate Division II football players. Heather Nieboer. Graduate thesis 2007.

Attitudes, perceptions and knowledge regarding nutritional supplement use by university students at one university in Northeast PA. Peter Sukanick. Graduate thesis 2007.

Investigation of the knowledge and behaviors regarding the use of OTC pain medication among selected Division II athletes. Kevin Weisbach. Graduate thesis 2007.

An evaluation of the pre-competition diet of Division I collegiate wrestlers and its impact on grip strength, reaction time, and muscular endurance. Colette Cancellieri. Graduate thesis 2006.

The effects of static versus dynamic warm-up on vertical jump performance in collegiate female volleyball players. Kortney Dalrymple. Graduate thesis 2006.

An evaluation of the relationship between strength, power, flexibility and golf club head speed. Brad Gordon. Graduate thesis 2006.

An evaluation of body size of high school football players in one Northeast Pennsylvania school. David Ibarra. Graduate thesis 2006.

The effect of both inspiratory and expiratory pressure threshold loading on time trial performance in NCAA division I wrestlers. Ron Saglimbene. Graduate thesis 2006.

The relationship between body mass index and food frequency in adolescent athletes. Brandi Swezey. Graduate thesis 2006.

The acute effects of heavy back and front squats on 40 m sprint trials. Mike Yetter. Undergraduate dissertation 2006.

An analysis of freestyle push-off velocities and distance achieved above maximal swimming velocity and their relationship to vertical jump heights in trained female swimmers. A. Coffman. Graduate thesis 2005.

The effects of elastic band training on reaction time in Martial Arts. J. Cronan. Graduate thesis 2005.

The comparison of fluid restriction and fluid consumption on anaerobic performance in male college rugby players. Kevin Delia. Graduate thesis 2005.

Evaluation of weight loss in adult women participating in a structured single gender six-week hydraulic circuit training program. Kristin Funk. Graduate thesis 2005.

Evaluation on the impact of the implement on the 5 meter multiple shuttle run test & pro agility test of female collegiate NCAA Division II field hockey players. Stephanie Hippman. Graduate thesis 2005.

Evaluation of post-season power training for Division II women's collegiate volleyball athletes. Jill Izzo. Graduate thesis 2005.

The effects of training with graded-weight baseballs on throwing velocity and accuracy. Timothy Laffey. Graduate thesis 2005.

A comparison of bosu training versus resistance training on strength and balance in collegiate males and females. Kristen Malikowski. Graduate thesis 2005.

Evaluation of an over speed sprint training program in Division II collegiate baseball players. Chad Waelchli. Graduate thesis 2005.