Research Projects

Department of Kinesiology Research Areas

Dr. Szymanski's primary research interests include ways of improving sports performance, especially baseball performance. An example would be how to improve bat swing, batted-ball and throwing velocities. Other research interests are body composition, testing and evaluating fitness, and athletic performance, in addition to strength and conditioning performance. His research has included human performance studies with high school athletes, collegiate students and athletes, and professional athletes.

Dr. Blazo's primary research interest is family and child relationships in physical activity contexts. Specifically, studying the ways that sibling influence and shape one another’s physical activity experiences. Currently, he is investigating the role of siblings in developing perceptions of ability in sport, the correlates of sibling relationship qualities in sport, and how sibling relationships inform our peer interactions in the physical domain.

Dr. Chen’s research interests include health and physical education teacher education, curriculum models, and program effectiveness. Dr. Chen is currently collecting data examining health and physical education majors’ early field experience in the homeschool sport skill sessions ( Dr. Chen is also collecting data evaluating the program effectiveness in terms of the homeschoolers’ underhand rolling and cross-body throwing skills, and aerobic capacity through Cooper Institute’s PACER test. Besides, Dr. Chen is analyzing health-related fitness scores among the health and physical education majors throughout their career in college.

Dr Gleason’s research interests include sport performance enhancement methods, athlete monitoring, sport performance testing methods, best practices in the high performance model, and governance models of sport. While he has experience working with multiple sports, his primary emphasis is upon American football.

Dr. Qiao's main research interest includes Human motor control. Specifically, the visual-motor control of human locomotion, and Control of human walking and running during unsteady state

Current Research Studies

Dr. Blazo's current research studies

Family Dynamics in Youth Sport.

Integrated Theory of Youth Sport.

Differential Treatment in Sport Families.

Dr. Chen's current research studies:

Comparison of the health-related physical fitness level of health and physical education majors across their college career at the department.

Perceptions on a university-community collaboration: Sport skill sessions for the Homeschoolers

Perceptions of an early field experience with the Homeschoolers between health/physical education and health promotion major

Effectiveness of an eight-week youth program on the sport skills of Homeschoolers .

Effectiveness of an activity-based lecture course on the health-related physical fitness level of college students.

Dr. Qiao's:

Currently working on study about the dynamics of hopping. Specifically, how the function of the leg joints, i.e., hip, knee, and ankle, would contribute to the dynamics of the body at different hopping frequencies. The Study includes whole body kinematics and ground reaction forces, and calculation for inverse kinematics and inverse dynamics. Media Gallery

Baseball research study:

Recent Research Studies

1. Dr. Blazo's recent research studies (graduate student projects)

AnDe Ragsdale, MS – Mood state and game performance (2016)

Charity Simmons, MS – Athlete perceptions of strength and conditioning coaching styles (2017)**

Chris Watson, MS – Endurance athlete feedback and attention (2017)

Skylar Burns, MS – Psychological well-being and group fit classes for post-pregnancy mothers (2017)

Bryn Crowder, MS – College student-athletes and changes in social support frameworks during athletic careers (2018)**

Dylan Colletti, MS – Parent passion and youth sport burnout (2018)**

Kane Allen, MS - The effects of physical activity on senior adults subjective wellbeing (2018)

** - presented at national/international conferences

2. Dr. Chen's recent research studies

Perceptions of U.S. College Students on International Education Programs. Journal of the Louisiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.

Amateurism in the NCAA: Perceptions of former student-athletes. Journal of the Louisiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.

Perception on the effect of music and light after indoor cycling classes. Journal of the Louisiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.

3. Dr. Szymanski's most recent research studies have been:

Effect of Vizual Edge® Performance Training (VEPT) on perceptions and attitudes of NCAA Division I baseball players.

Relationships between anthropometric and physiological variables to bat velocity of collegiate baseball players.

Effect of weighted implement training on bat velocity of high school baseball players: A pilot study.

Effect of warm-up devices on bat velocity and perception of heaviness and speed of swing of collegiate baseball players.

The relationship between arousal levels and golf putting during three conditions: A pilot study.

Effect of between-inning muscle stimulation on baseball pitchers over an entire season: A pilot study.

Effect of hip internal rotation training on range of motion and performance variables in male collegiate golfers.

Effect of hip internal rotation training on range of motion and performance variables in collegiate baseball pitchers.

Effects of three recovery protocols on baseball pitchers during simulated games.

Effect of 8 weeks of over-weighted implement training on bat velocity of novice college students.

Relationships of anthropometric and performance variables to offensive statistics of college baseball players.

Other recent researches

Ms. Nevala's research work on: The efficacy of Nootropic supplement "XACT" to acutely improve mental acuity, reaction time, physical energy, and performance in healthy Men and women.

Mr. Joshua Gills' research work under supervision of Dr. Glenn and Dr. Szymanski are:Acute effects of exogenous Citrulline-Malate supplementation on aerobic cycling capacity and subsequent anaerobic cycling performance in young males and females. For more info please click here.

Mr. Ho Cheng Lu's research study under supervision Dr. Romer and Dr. Szymanski: Effect of fatigue on coordination variability during the execution of a cycling Time to Exhaustion and Wingate trial in a young, male population. For more info please click here

Future Research Proposal

1. Dr. Qiao and Dakota Hill have received Center for Biomedical Engineering and Rehabilitation Science (CBERS) research support award. The Project description is as follows: "Human daily activity always involves walking. During walking, step length and frequency increase with walking speed. However, we do not know the mechanism that controls step length and frequency during walking. Specifically, we do not know the nonlinear relationship between step lengths vs. walking speed. We hypothesize that humans would simply maintain a constant muscular force at different walking speeds through controlling both step length and frequency. To test that hypothesis, we will recruit participants and ask the participants to walk on a treadmill at 60%, 80%, 100%*, 120%, and 140% of their preferable walking speed. The dependent variable is the step length times the squared of step frequency, i.e., an analog of force applied to the muscles in the leg. The proposed project would contribute to 1) understand the dynamics of walking and 2) develop new physical therapies by targeting the muscles on the leg to improve walking performance".