Kinesiology Research

The Department of Kinesiology at James Madison University is home to the Human Performance Laboratory.  HPL researchers study human movement from a broad perspective using laboratory and field-based approaches.  Students interested in completing a thesis work alongside faculty to design, collect and analyze their research and potentially present their results at professional conferences such as SEACSM and ACSM.  Research focus areas include:

  • Cardiopulmonary and metabolic responses to acute exercise
  • Interactions between nutrition and exercise in health and disease 
  • Cardiovascular and pulmonary limitations to exercise tolerance
  • Effects of nutritional interventions on endurance performance and recovery
  • Hemostatic Responses and Adaptations to Exercise
  • Impact of Sleep on Cardiovascular & Autonomic Function
  • Integrative Exercise Physiology
  • Muscle Physiology
  • Physical Activity and Health
  • Sport Psychology
  • Substrate Metabolism and Endurance Performance

2018-19 Publications

Book Chapters

  • Carson Sackett, S. (2019). Positive youth development in sport and youth sport specialization entries. In D. Hackfort, R. Schinke, & B. Strauss (Eds.). Dictionary of Sport Psychology: Sport, Exercise, and Performing Arts (pp. 222,318-19). Cambridge, MA: Elsevier Academic Press.

Journal Articles

(Names in bold indicate JMU Kinesiology faculty member, while # indicates a Kinesiology undergraduate student and * indicates a Kinesiology graduate student.)

  • Axsom, J.E.* (2018). Hematological Changes in Response to a Drastic Increase in Training Volume in Recreational Cyclists. JMU Undergraduate Research Journal, 5(1), 65-70.
  • Berger M., Kline C.E., Cepeda F.X., Rizzi C.F., Hupin D., Raffin J., Costes F., Hargens T.A., Barthelemy J.C., & Roche F. (2019).  Does Obstructive Sleep Apnea Affect Exercise Capacity and Hemodynamic Response to Exercise?  An Aggregate and Individual Patient Data Meta-analysis.  Sleep Med Review, 45, 42-53. 
  • Carson Sackett, S. & Edwards, L.S. (2019). Relationships among motor skill, perceived self-competence, fitness, and physical activity in young adults. Human Movement Science, 66, 209-219.
  • Emerson, S.R., Sciarillo, C.M., Koemel, N., Smith, R. & Kurti, S.P (2019). Validity of an abbreviated, clinically-feasible test for postprandial lipemia. Nutrients, 11(1), 180.
  • Emerson, S.R., Sciarillo, S. M., Kurti, S.P., Emerson, E. M., Rosenkranz, S. K. (2019). High-fat meal-induced changes in markers of inflammation and angiogensis in healthy adults who differ by age and physical activity level. Current Developments in Nutrition,3(1).
  • Gilbertson, N.*, Mandelson, J.*, Hilovsky, K.*, Akers, J., Hargens, T., Wenos, D.L. & Edwards, E., (2019). Combining supervised run interval training or moderate-intensity continuous training with the diabetes prevention program on clinical outcomes. European Journal of Applied Physiology. doi: 10.1007/s00421-019-04137-2
  • Hargens, T.A., Martin, R.A.*, Strosnider, C.L.*, Giersch, G.* & Womack C.J. (2018).  Obstructive sleep apnea negatively impacts objectively measured physical activity.  Sleep Breath, 23(2), 447-454. doi: 10.1007/s11325-018-1700-0.
  • Nagelkirk, P.R., Sackett, J.R., Aiello, J.J., Fitzgerald, L.F., Saunders, M.J., Hargens, T.A. & Womack, C.J. (2019). Caffeine Augments the Prothrombotic but not the Fibrinolytic Response to Exercise. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 51(3), 421-425.
  • Roberson P.A., Chase, J.D., Bigman, M.B., Saunders, M.J., Luden, N.D. & Womack, C.J. (2019). Time of Day, but not Sleep Restriction, Affects Markers of Hemostasis Following Heavy Exercise. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, 44, 148-152.

2018-19 Presentations

Southeast American College of Sports Medicine (SEACSM) Regional Meeting
February 14-16, 2019 in Greenville, SC.

  • Davidson, B.L. *, Rood, B.L. *, Byrne, K.A. *, Akers, J.D., Edwards, E.S., Wenos, D.L. & Hargens, T.A.   “Moderate intensity exercise training improves heart rate variability in obese adults during acute exercise recovery”
  • Edwards, E.S., Rood, B.L. *, Byrne, K.A. *, Akers, J.D., Wenos, D.L. & Hargens, T.A.Effect of moderate intensity exercise training on heart rate variability in obese adults during exercise
  • Kidd, J.#, Luden, N.D., Saunders, M.J. & Womack, C.J.Validity and reliability of the YMCA submaximal cycle test using an electrically-braked ergometer
  • Hargens, T.A. “ACSM Clinical Exercise Physiologist Certifications and the CEPA Registry for Clinical Exercise Physiologists”
  • Hargens T.A., Chambers S.A.#, Luden N.D. & Womack C.J.  “Comparison of the heart rate variability and ventilatory thresholds during treadmill exercise
  • Malin, S., Plaisance, E.P. & Kurti, S.P.Exercise and dietary energy availability: Effects on cardiovascular, pulmonary and metabolic disease risk”.
  • Saunders, M.J. “Endurance Training with Low Carbohydrate Availability”
  • Smith, K.R.*, Saunders, M.J., Luden, N.D., Smith, J.R. &  Kurti, S.P.“Expiratory flow limitation in elite adolescent cyclists during exercise”
  • Wisseman, W.S.*, Edwards. E.S., Frick, H.L.*, Medieros, M.#, Sutton. C.#, White, M.#, Malin, S., Edwards D.E. & Kurti, S.P. “Does acute preprandial exercise attenuate postprandial airway inflammation in active younger and older adults?”

American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Annual Meeting
May 28 – June 1, 2019 in Orlando, FL

  • Kidd, J.#, Luden, N.D., Saunders, M.J. & Womack, C.J. “Validity and reliability of the YMCA submaximal cycle test using an electrically-braked ergometer”
  • Saunders, M.J., Lenzi, D.N.*, Luden, N.D., Kurti, S.P., Smith, K.R.* & Womack, C.J.Physiological and anthropometric profiles of elite teenage cyclists in the United States.”
  • Via, J.*, Sapp, R., Shill, D., Saunders, M.J., Womack, C.J., Hagberg, J. & Luden, N.D.  “Circulating levels of select micro-RNA are not impacted by manipulating nutrient intake following high-intensity cycling
  • Wenos, D.L., Byrne, K., Rood, B.*, Edwards, E.S., Akers, J. & Hargens, T.A. “Weekly activity maintained while adding training among post bariatric and obese participants”.
  • Wisseman, W.S.*, Edwards. E.S., Frick, H.L.*, Medieros, M.#, Sutton. C.#, White, M.#, Malin, S., Edwards D.E. & Kurti, S.P. “Does acute preprandial exercise attenuate postprandial airway inflammation in active younger and older adults?”

Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) Annual Conference
October 3-6, 2018 in Toronto, Canada

  • Carson Sackett, S. “Developing information literacy in the digital world”
  • Carson Sackett, S. & Edwards, E.S.  “Predicting Fitness in Young Adults: The Role of Perceived Competence, Motor Skill Proficiency, Physical Activity, and Gender”