Student running on track


  • Exercise Physiology Laboratory (WIL 331)
    • Parvo Metabolic System
    • Racermate Computrainer
    • Trackmaster treadmills
    • Monark Cycle Ergometers
    • Hematological Analysis Equipment
    • Skinfold Analysis Equipment and other anthropometric tools
  • DEXA Scanning (WIL 318)
    • Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry System
  • Underwater Treadmill Training (WIL 158)
    • Hydrotrack Underwater Treadmill System
    • Vicon Motion Analysis
  • Human Performance Laboratory (WIL 312)
    • Isokinetic Dynamometer
    • Electromyography
    • Electrogoniometers
    • Resistance Training Equipment
    • JustJump Mat and Vertec Trainer

Ongoing Research

Effects of Underwater Treadmill Training on Special Populations

  • Mathis SL, Conners RT. Improving Mobility in Persons with Limb Loss
  • Conners RT, Caputo JL, Coons JM, Fuller DK, Morgan DW. Impact of Underwater Treadmill Training on Glycemic Control, Blood Lipids, and Health-Related Fitness in Adults With Type 2 Diabetes
  • Conners RT, Whitehead PN, Kyle DM. Impact of Underwater Treadmill Training on Fatigue, Quality of Life, and Health-Related Fitness in Adults with Multiple Sclerosis

Utilization of Sport Science to Monitor Success in Collegiate Hockey

  • Whitehead PN, Conners RT, Shimizu TS. The Effect of In-Season Demands on Lower Body Power in Collegiate Male Hockey Players
  • Whitehead PN, Conners, RT, Darnell ME. The Utilization of Biomarker Testing to Monitor the Effects of Travel on Collegiate Ice Hockey Players
  • Utilization of electromyography (EMG) and motion analysis of the lower extremity during various skating positions

Activity Monitoring as a Coaching Tool

  • Conners RT, Whitehead PN, Shimizu TS, Bailey JD. Coaching and technology: Live team monitoring to improve training and safety. Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators.
  • Conners RT, Elliott JM, Kyle DL, Whitehead PN. Physiological responses of youth players during a wheelchair basketball game

Athletic coaching can no longer be viewed as a one-size-fits-all profession. Rather, it is a complex, multi-dimensional field where, what works in one context may be a less appropriate approach elsewhere.

Recently, the study of coaching has moved towards a greater understanding of processes, realizing a myriad of different influences may create unique pathways to effective coaching. Specifically, micropolitics, which focus on the pursuit of power in personal relationships, have been found to play a prominent role in the success or failure of a coach. Dr. Elliott's research focuses on the importance of the social interactions utilized by successful coaches with the hopes of developing stronger coach training programs for novice coaches.

  • Elliott, J.M. & McCullick, B.A. (In review). Exceptional adaptability in collegiate coaching. Submitted to the Sport Coaching Review
  • Elliott, J.M. & McCullick, B.A. (August, 2017). Coach adaptability: Embracing a business construct in the coaching world. Paper presented at ICCE Global Coaching Convention, Liverpool, UK.
  • Elliott, J.M. & McCullick, B.A. (April, 2016). Exceptional adaptability in collegiate coaching. Paper presented at SHAPE National Convention, Minneapolis, MN.

Student Research Projects

  • Effects of a Weighted Pitching Sleeve on Range of Motion, Shoulder Strength, and Throwing Velocity in Collegiate Male Pitchers
  • The effect of self-selected music on performance and perceived exertion during maximal aerobic testing
  • The effect of location on 1RM performance for a bench press test
  • The effects of blood flow restriction on lower body strength in collegiate male baseball players
  • Physiological differences between overground and treadmill runners