Dr. Paul N. Whitehead

Assistant Professor, Kinesiology


301 Sparkman Drive
Wilson Hall
Room 317
Huntsville, AL 35899
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Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., Rehabilitation Science, University of Pittsburgh, 2017
  • M.S., Health and Sport Science, The University of Memphis, 2012
  • B.S., Journalism and Electronic Media, University of Tennessee, 2007
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist – National Strength and Conditioning Association
  • Certified Level 4 Coach – USA Hockey
  • Certified Level 3 Official – USA Hockey
  • CPR/AED Certified for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider – American Red Cross

Honors & Awards

  • Scholarship Enhancement Travel Award, The University of Alabama in Huntsville 2019
  • Scholarship Enhancement Travel Award, The University of Alabama in Huntsville 2018
  • SHRS Research Development Grant, University of Pittsburgh 2016
  • Freddie H. Fu, MD Dissertation Research Award, University of Pittsburgh, 2015
  • Mid-Atlantic Doctoral Student Investigator Award, American College of Sports Medicine, 2014
  • Freddie H. Fu, MD Graduate Research Award, University of Pittsburgh, 2013-2014
  • Meritorious Achievement, Skeletal Muscle Mechanics and Physiology, University of Memphis, 2012
  • Senior Journalist of the Year, University of Tennessee, 2007
  • Scripps Howard Foundation Internship, Scripps Howard Foundation, 2007


  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
  • Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter (ACSM)
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association


  • VO2max, Metabolic Cart, RMR
  • Wingate Anaerobic Power
  • Phlebotomy
  • Blood lactate analysis
  • Isokinetic dynamometry
  • Isometric strength testing with handheld dynamometry
  • Body composition analysis: BodPod, Skinfold, BodyMetrix
  • Surface electromyography
  • Biomechanics: Force plates, Vicon Motion Analysis/Kinematics
  • Software: MS Office, SPSS, Nexus

Recent Publications

  • Conners RT, Rodebaugh KL, Bosheers A, Kane B, Kyle D, Light J, Quick MC, Whitehead PN. Sport Performance Measures in Youth Wheelchair Basketball Athletes. Palestra. 2021; 35(2).

  • Pring NA, Solomon SL, O’Brien A, Conners RT, Whitehead PN. The Effect of Shin-Torso Alignment on Muscle Activity of the Lower Extremity in Hockey Players. International Journal of Exercise Science. (In Press)

  • Elliott JM, Conners RT, Whitehead PN, Craw MJ. Learning to adapt: Understanding micropolitics for transitioning coaches. Strategies. (Accepted)

  • Elsey AM, Lowe AK, Cornell AN, Whitehead PN, Conners RT. Comparison of the Three-Site and Seven-Site Measurements in Female Collegiate Athletes Using BodyMetrix. International Journal of Exercise Science. 2021; 14(4): 230-238.

  • Conners RT, Whitehead PN, Dodds FT, Schott KD, Quick MC. Validation of the Polar Team Pro System for Sprint Speed with Ice Hockey Players. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 2020; Epub ahead of print (Accepted)

  • Conners RT, Elliott JM, Kyle DL, Whitehead PN. Physiological responses of youth players during wheelchair basketball games. European Journal of Adapted Physical Activity. 2020 Jul 7.

  • Alrefai M, Claytor R, New B, Whitehead PN. The Usefulness of Achilles Tendon Length in Predicting Jump Potential in Male Collegiate Basketball and Track & Field Athletes. Perpetua. 2020; 4(2): 1-7.

  • Christian J, Gothart S, Graham H, Barganier K, Whitehead PN. Analysis of the Activation of Upper Extremity Muscles During Various Chest Press Modalities. Perpetua. 2020; 4(2): 9-18.

  • Schott K, Whitehead PN. Differences in Player Metrics Between Lacrosse Games and Practices. Perpetua. 2020; 4(2): 49-55.

  • Whitehead PN, Conners RT, Shimizu TS. The effect of in-season demands on lower body power and fatigue in male collegiate hockey players. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 2019; 33(4): 1035-42.