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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

2016

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.

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.

2015

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.

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

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.

2014

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.

2013

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., 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.

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.

2012

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.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.

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.

2011

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., 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.

2010

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.

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.

Exercise Science Faculty Professional Presentations

2016

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.

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., 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.


2015

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.

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.

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.

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.

2014

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.

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.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.

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.

2013

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.

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.

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.

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.

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., 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.

2012

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.

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.

2011

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.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.

2010

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.

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.

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

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.