Exercise Science: Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate students at Truman are heavily involved in research projects. Most of the projects they research involve questions proposed and developed by students. Once students decide to perform research on a particular topic of their choosing, they work with a faculty mentor. The students (with the help of the mentor) refine the question, design the study, collect the data, calculate the variables, analyze the results, and prepare the work for presentation and/or publication.

VIDEO: Learn about the cutting-edge research in human movement and sports that our students are doing in ourĀ Exercise Science program.

Exercise Science Articles

Caleb R. Hulsey, David T. Soto, Alexander J. Koch, and Jerry L. Mayhew. Comparison of kettlebell swings and treadmill running at equivalent rating of perceived exertion values. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 26:1203-1207, 2012.

James Crone. Effect of frequency of resistance training and modes of exercise on bench press strength gains in college men. Missouri Journal of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. 21:12-21, 2011.

Devon B. Lacy, Joshus H. Miley, Jana L. Arabas, Kevin Powell, and Jerry L. Mayhew. Comparison of pre-season and in-season hydration levels in high school wrestlers. Missouri Journal of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. 21:39-48, 2011.

Rachael Schmidt and Carla Smith. Team building activities in physical education and increased pro-social behaviors in high school females. Missouri Journal of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. 21:88-97, 2011.

Ryan Farrar, Jerry L. Mayhew, and Alexander J. Koch. Oxygen cost of kettlebell swings. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 24:1034- 1036, 2010.

Emma Lennon, Elli Mathis, and Anne Ratermann. Comparison of strength changes following resistance training using free weights and machine weights. Missouri Journal of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. 20:29-35, 2010.

Dominique D. Johnson. A comparison of attitudes regarding health insurance among students at Truman State University. Missouri Journal of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. 20:36-43, 2010.

Allison Palisch, Anna Greenwald, Jana L. Arabas, Liz Jorn, and Jerry L. Mayhew. Changes in body weight and percent fat in first-time college freshman. Missouri Journal of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. 20:77-85, 2010.

William A. Sodemann III and Carla D. Smith. Effect of autonomy on motivation in strength training class. Missouri Journal of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. 20:105-112, 2010.

Gains, G. L., Swedenhjelm, A. N., Mayhew, J. L., Bird, M., and Houser, J. J. Comparison of speed and agility performance of college football players on field turf and natural grass. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 24:2613-2617, 2010.

Devon Iacy, Josh Miley, Emily Maxwell, Kevin Powell, Jana Arabas, and Jennifer Hurst. Assessing body composition in high school wrestlers using different measurement techniques. Missouri Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. 2009.

Jennifer Hurst, Evonne Bird, Tim Schwegler, Lynda Cosgrove, Ali Etemady, and Noelle Peterson. Inter-investigator reliability in skinfold measurements. Missouri Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. 2009.

Lacy, D. B, J. Miley, E. Maxwell, K. Powell, J. L. Arabas, and J. L. Mayhew. Assessing body composition in high school wrestlers using different measurement techniques. Missouri Journal of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. 19: 131-137, 2009.

Halet, K. A., J. L. Mayhew, C. Murphy, and J. Fanthorpe. Relationship of 1-RM lat-pull to pull-up and lat-pull repetitions in elite collegiate women swimmers. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 23:1496-1502, 2009.


Exercise Science Presentations

J. L. Mayhew, Andrea Kobermann, G. D. Leahy, and T. Crowder. (2012) Relationship of Body Mass to Army Physical Fitness Test Performance in College ROTC Cadets. The American College of Sports Medicine Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

J. L. Mayhew, Alex Koch, Emma Lennon, Elli Mathis, and Anne Ratermann. (2012) Influence of Training Volume and Diet on Ferritin Levels of Division II Female Cross Country Runners. National Conference on Undergraduate Research, Ogden, UT.

J. Hurst, E. Bird, Danielle Bell, and Candace Bell. (2012) Physical activity and nutritional behavior intervention with low income women with children. Association for Applied Sport Psychology, Honolulu, HI.

C. Smith. (2012) If Less is More: Focus on Standard 5. Missouri Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, Lake of the Ozarks, MO.

J. Arabas and students from NWMSU (2011). CPR Recertification for MOAPHERD. The Missouri Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, Osage Beach, MO.
E. Bird, J. Hurst, Danielle Bell, and Candace Bell (2011). Physical Activity and Nutritional Behavior Intervention with Low Income Women with Children. Association for Applied Sport Psychology, Honolulu, HI.

J. Mayhew and Brittany Jull (2011). Relationship of Anthropometric Dimensions and Seated Power Performance Tests to Isoinertial Upper-Body Power. National Strength and Conditioning Association, Las Vegas, NV.

J. Mayhew and Alyssa Duffy (2011). Allometric Scaling of Upper-and-Lower-Body Strength in College Men and Women. National Strength and Conditioning Association, Las Vegas, NV.

M. Bird (2011). Stretching for Fitness and Performance. The Missouri Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, Osage Beach, MO.

M.Bird, Katie Pitts, and Sara Yunghans (2011). Acceleration of the Leg and Muscle Recruitment Pattern on Barefoot and Shod Runners. The Missouri Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, Osage Beach, MO.

L. Jorn, and J. L. Mayhew (2011). Comparison of Training Frequency and Mode on Upper Body Strength Gains in College Men and Women. American College of Sports Medicine.

A. J. Koch and J. L. Mayhew (2011). Effect of Heavy Resistance Training On Low and High Intensity Upper Body Work Capacity in College Women. American College of Sports Medicine.

C. Lantz, Haley Brown, and Leah Reimnitz (2011). Effects of DMG on Maximal Aerobic Power. National Strength and Conditioning Association National Conference, Orlando, FL.

J. L. Mayhew (2011). Effect of Strength Level and Body Composition on Upper and Lower Body Work Capacity in Adult Men. American College of Sports Medicine.

J. L. Mayhew, and Stephen Kueny (2011). Changes in Salivary Immunoglobulin A During a Collegiate Wrestling Season. American College of Sports Medicine, Denver, CO.

J. L. Mayhew and Joel DiStefano, Fairmont State University (2011). Can Maximal Squat Be Predicted From Structural and Anthropometric Dimensions? American College of Sports Medicine.

M. Bird (2010). Reliability of the Stretch Impact on Vertical Jump Performance. The International Society of Biomechanics in Sports, Marquette, MI.

M. Bird, Autumn McEachern, and Phi Ho (2010). EMG Comparison of Theraband and Dumbbell Exercises. Missouri Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, Osage Beach, MO.

M. Bird, J. Houser, Laura Swaters, Becky Rollock, and Anna Mottlage (2010). Evaluating Muscle Activation Asymmetry in Women with Low Back Pain Syndromes. American Osteopathic Association National Convention, San Francisco, CA.

J. Houser and Laura Sutters (2010). Muscle Activation Asymmetry in Females With Lower Back Pain During a Step Over Functional Task. Central States – American College of Sports Medicine, Lawrence, KS.

J. Hurst and Lori Griffin (2010). Stability in the Adaptation of the Visuomotor System. Central States – American College of Sports Medicine, Lawrence, KS.

J. Hurst, M. Bird, Laura Swaters, Becky Rollock, and Anna Mottlage (2010). Functional Measurements in Low Back Pain. ATSU/Truman State University Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Symposium, Kirksville, MO.

J. L. Mayhew (2010). Eating Disorder Prevention in School and Community Settings – Panel Discussion. American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, Indianapolis, IN.

J. L. Mayhew, Meredith Turner, and Garret Powell (2010). Strength Gains From Free Weight and Machine Weight Training in Men of Different Strength Levels. American College of Sports Medicine, Baltimore, MD.

J. L. Mayhew, Garret Powell, and Meredith Turner (2010). Inter-Rater Reliability and Accuracy of Hand-Held Dynamometer Testing for Isometric Arm Flexion. American College of Sports Medicine, Baltimore, MD.

J. L. Mayhew and Lori Griffin (2010). Allometric Modeling of Maximal Bench Press and Squat Strength in Adolescent Men and Women. American College of Sports Medicine, Baltimore, MD.

W. Kemmler, A.S. von Stengel, A. Wassermann, J. Zapf, and J. Mayhew (2009). Effect of compression stocking on running performance in male runners. Journal of Strength and Conditioning.

Lynae Floyd, Amber Otte, and J. Mayhew (2009). Comparison of 1-RM bench press performance between free weights and machine weights. Missouri Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, Osage Beach, MO.

J. Houser (2009). Enhanced cutaneous sensation mitigates vibration induced postural sway. Society for Neuroscience, Chicago, IL.

Amber Watton and J. Hurst (2009). An exploration of the role of social factors on anger and aggressiveness within the context of the athletic identity maintenance model. Association for Applied Sport Psychology Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT.

Morgan Clennin and J. Hurst (2009). Influence of life priorities on weekly physical activity in a sample of US adults. Association for Applied Sport Psychology Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT.

Morgan Clennin and J. Hurst (2009). A comparison of physical activity levels in women with and without children at home. Association for Applied Sport Psychology Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT.

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