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Exercise Physiology

Our MS in Kinesiology with an emphasis in exercise physiology is designed for students who wish to gain an understanding of the physiological components of human movement through the study of basic science, research approaches, and practical applications. As a research-intensive degree, this includes the investigation of the following topics.

  • Effects of strength and skill training on the neuromuscular function of the trained and untrained limbs.
  • The influence of strength training on skeletal muscle hypertrophy and atrophy.
  • Effects of community-based behavior change programs on metabolic and physiological markers associated with chronic disease risk.
  • Influence of acute and chronic exercise on immunological function/response in various populations (athletes, elderly persons)
  • Use of exercise, particularly resistance exercise, as a meansĀ of reducing the risk of diseases associated with inactivity (cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, etc.) through the study of cellular and molecular mechanisms

Coursework is designed to provide students with a sound theoretical background in basic and applied physiology, and research methods. The exercise physiology emphasis is meant to prepare students for further graduate study, employment in research settings, and other occupations dealing with exercise and health.

Exercise Physiology Faculty

Dr. Joshua Carr

Dr. Ryan Porter

Exercise Physiology Research

Applied Metabolic and Physiology Lab

Neuromuscular Physiology Lab