Exercise Science Department and Student Achievement

Exercise Science Department and Student Achievement


Exercise science graduate program begins two-year bioDensity project

bioDensity Research

A unique performance heath research opportunity has come to campus, resulting in a collaborative project for the Department of Exercise Science through the fall of 2017. Performance Health Systems, LLC awarded Swapan Mookerjee, professor of exercise science, a two-year research contract that provides more than $20,000 worth of equipment and logistical support to the department’s physiology laboratory along with the provision for a graduate assistantship, which was made possible with matching funds from the university.

“This project provides us a unique opportunity to conduct research, which will culminate in faculty-student collaborative presentations, papers and masters theses,” Mookerjee said. “The equipment is currently mainly available in clinical sites across the country.”

Graduate and undergraduate students will be involved in all the research projects, according to Mookerjee, who added these types of collaborative projects typically result in conference presentations, papers and thesis projects.

60th ACSM Annual Meeting and 4th World Congress on Exercise is Medicine

  • Comparison Of Percent Body Fat From Ultrasonography And Air-displacement Plethysmography In Young Adults — Curt B. Dixon, FACSM1, Carrie Royer1, Joseph L. Andreacci, FACSM2, Luke Haile1. 1Lock Haven University, Lock Haven, PA. 2Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, PA.
  • Effect of an Acute Bout of Exercise on Percent Body Fat Estimated using Multi-Frequency Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis in Adults — Abigail Pauley1, Brittany Masteller1, Sandra Charney1, Curt B. Dixon, FACSM2, Joseph L. Andreacci, FACSM1. 1Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, PA. 2Lock Haven University, Lock Haven, PA.
  • The Effect of Meal Consumption on Percent Body Fat assessed using Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis in Adults — Brittany Masteller1, Curt B. Dixon, FACSM2, Joseph L. Andreacci, FACSM1. 1Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, PA. 2Lock Haven University, Lock Haven, PA.
  • Evaluation of Multi-Frequency Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis to Estimate Percent Body Fat in 12 - 17 Year Olds — Joseph L. Andreacci, FACSM1, Meghan Fetterman1, Curt B. Dixon, FACSM2. 1Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, PA. 2Lock Haven University, Lock Haven, PA.
  • Nintendo Wii Free Run vs. Treadmill Running: A Comparison of Physiological and Metabolic Data — Charles E. Brightbill1, James M. Smoliga2, Andrea J. Fradkin, FACSM1. 1Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, PA. 2High Point University, High Point, NC.
  • Which Warm-up Components Are Essential To Improve Golf Performance? — Andrea Fradkin, FACSM. Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, PA.
  • Can Accelerometry-Based Physical Activity Monitors Accurately Estimate Exercise Intensity and Running Economy in Athletes? — Joshua J. Fleming1, James M. Smoliga2, Andrea J. Fradkin, FACSM1. 1Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, Bloomsburg, PA. 2High Point University, High Point, NC.
  • Validation Of Bioreactance Non-invasive Cardiac Output Monitoring In A Male College-aged Population — Michael Green, Timothy R. McConnell, FACSM, Greg Elliott, Robert Weymers. Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, PA.
  • A Longitudinal Evaluation Of Religiosity, Spirituality, And Religious Coping Following A First Time Cardiac Event — Timothy R. McConnell, FACSM1, Kelly M. Trevino2. 1Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, PA. 2Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA.
  • Mechanomyographic Amplitude And Isometric Torque Relationships Of The Vastus Lateralis At Varied Joint Angles — Swapan Mookerjee1, Matthew J. McMahon1, Travis W. Beck2. 1Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, PA. 2University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK.
  • Signal Responses of a New Mechanomyographic Transducer During Isokinetic Exercise — Matthew McMahon, Swapan Mookerjee. Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, PA. (Sponsor: Timothy R. McConnell, FACSM)
  • Eric Rawson chaired and presented at B-02 Highlighted Symposium – Synthesizing Resistance Training Research: Using Science to Optimize Results and Effective Dietary Supplements to Maximize Strength and Hypertrophy
  • Andrea Fradkin chaired D-57 Thematic Poster - Running Performance: Assessment, Training, and Interventions

Student research takes center stage

COST Research Day Charles Brightbill, who earlier this fall won the Graduate Student Research Award at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine annual meeting, will be among 39 students from the College of Science and Technology showcasing and presenting research on Friday, Dec. 7, in Hartline Science Center. Brightbill, pursuing his master’s in exercise physiology, researched the comparison of physiological and metabolic data between Nintendo Wii free running vs. treadmill running. Poster presentations, which feature research varying from swimming torque to solar energy to astrophysics, begin at 2:30 p.m. in the lobby. Individual talk sessions will begin at 3 p.m. on the ground floor of Hartline Science Center, covering a variety of projects ranging from fitness to frog dwarfism to music therapy for cancer patients.

Student research on full display at national sports medicine conference

Graduate student Corey Eisenhart is shown standing in front of his poster at the 2011 American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting in Denver. Next is are graduate students Matt Bemis, Kathleen Moneghan, and Corey Eisenhart at the 2011 American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting in Denver. Lastly, graduate student Matt Bemis is shown standing in front of his poster at the 2011 American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting in Denver.

Exercise Science research hits regional ACSM Conference

Exercise Science Mark Yankowski, who received the Student Investigator Award at the 2011 Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine Conference in Harrisburg, was among the exercise science students and faculty representing BU at the annual conference that featured more than 600 sports medicine, exercise science, and nutrition professionals and students. Yankowski presented, “A Positional Comparison of Pre-season Physical Fitness Characteristics in DIII Baseball Players,” along with Charles Brightbill presenting, “Comparison of EMG Responses to Strength Training Exercises with and without Nintendo Wii Guidance,” Josh Fleming presenting, “Running Economy is Not Related to Jumping Performance,” Christina Rasnake presenting, “A Comparison of Pre-season Physical Fitness Profiles Between Positions in a Division II Men’s Soccer Team,” (mentor Andrea Fradkin, Ph.D.) and Matthew McMahon presenting, “Electromyographic and Mechanomyographic Responses of the Biceps Brachii and Vastus Lateralis During Isokinetic Exercise” (mentor Swapan Mookerjee, Ph.D.).

Exercise Science faculty and students present research at regional conference

MARC Presenters Shown (L-R): BU undergraduate students Hazel Wightman, Jamie Bremen, Jennifer Nilsen and Kelly Zarski. Students and faculty from the Department of Exercise Science attended and delivered lectures at the 2010 Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). The ACSM is the premier sports medicine organization in the world. Working in a wide range of medical specialties, allied health professions, and scientific disciplines, ACSM members are committed to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of sports-related injuries and the advancement of the science of exercise.

  • Josh Fleming (undergraduate student) presented research he worked on with Dr. Andrea Fradkin entitled: A Comparison of Cycling Efficiency in Athletes Specializing in Differing Aerobic Activities.
  • Denice Elliott-Heim (graduate student) presented research she worked on with Dr. Andrea Fradkin, Dr. Joe Andreacci, and Dr. Eric Rawson entitled: Correlates of Sedentary Behavior in Healthy College-aged Students.
  • Matt Bemis (graduate student) presented research he worked on with Dr. Eric Rawson entitled: Assessment of Dietary Creatine in Healthy Adults.
  • Evan Matthews (graduate student) presented research he worked on with Dr. Tim McConnell, Dr. Joe Andreacci, and Dr. Eric Rawson entitled: Cardiac Output Dependency on Exercising Muscle Mass during Small and Large Muscle Exercise.
  • Kathleen Moneghan (graduate student) presented research she worked on with Dr. Andrea Fradkin entitled: Reliability and Validity of Two Measures of Vertical Jump Performance Following Different Warm-ups.
  • Corey Eisenhart (graduate student) presented research he worked on with Dr. Andrea Fradkin entitled: To Practice or To Play: Is Golf Participation Associated with an Increased Risk of Injury?

Exercise Science Student awarded Kozloff Undergraduate Research Award

Brinley Geiger Brinley Geiger, undergraduate exercise science student was awarded the Jessica and Steve Kozloff Undergraduate Research Award for her study, "A Comparison of Two Methods of Physical Activity Assessment." Geiger's research involves a comparison of two validated methods of physical activity assessment. In this study, self reported physical activity assessed with the Minnesota Leisure Time Activity Questionnaire is being compared to physical activity directly measured with accelerometry. "Accelerometers are fast becoming the new gold standard in physical activity assessment" says Geiger. "These accelerometer/physical activity monitors measure acceleration 30 times per second 24 hours per day." The accelerometer is a small device, approximately one inch square, worn around the waist for seven days. "Both the questionnaire and the accelerometers provide data on the quantity and quality of physical activity, thus, we can assess how much time is spent in low, moderate, and high intensity activities," says Geiger. A preliminary analysis of these data indicate that there is little relationship between reported and measured physical activity. "The findings of this study will have important implications for clinicians and educators who prescribe physical activity for patient and student populations."

BU Dynamic Development Youth pushing through

BU Dynamic Development Youth BU graduate student Krista Rompolski (left) gives Memorial elementary students Cole Streater and Nick Marolf some pointers on pushups. Rompolski was there as part of the BU Dynamic Development Youth (BUDDY) program organized by Joseph Andreacci, assistant professor of exercise science. The six-week program brought BU students to Memorial and Evans elementary schools to work on fitness activities with children. The program is a collaborative initiative between BU and ACTION Health, a non-profit organization, aimed at identifying and serving the unmet health needs of Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and Union counties. The program is funded, in part, through a state grant to reduce the impact of diabetes in Columbia County.

ACSM research presentations

In November 2006, BU students and faculty participated in the Mid-Atlantic American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Conference in Harrisburg. Students and faculty presented 12 papers at the conference, highlighting the diversity of exercise science research conducted at BU. Graduate student co-authors included: Scott Coup, Noelle Fuller, Christina Ledezma, Nate Miller, Crystal Roman, Sara Stahli, Talia Walsh, Michael Welikonich, and Brandy Weller. Undergraduate student co-authors included: Jaclyn Harhart, Tracy Matthews, and Sylwia Zuber. Faculty presenting research at this conference included Andrea Fradkin, Joseph Hazzard, Tim McConnell, Swapan Mookerjee, Eric Rawson, and Kelly VanGorden. Swapan Mookerjee, is the current vice-president of Mid-Atlantic ACSM, and Tim McConnell, is a past-president (1990). The ACSM is the leading sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world and has more than 20,000 members. Research presentations delivered by students (BU faculty co-authors are in bold) include:

  • Coup, S. McConnell, T. R., and Klinger, T A. Demographics and spiritual and religious coping following a first time cardiac event.
  • Haile, L. Mookerjee, S., Weller, B. Welikonich, M. Bhambani, Y. Energy expenditure during intermittent isokinetic exercise.
  • Ledezma, C. M. and McConnell, T. R. Physical and psychosocial impacts of a structured exercise program for adults with mental retardation.
  • Fuller, N., McConnell, T. R., Santamore, W. Fradkin, A., Homko, C. Risk factor change influences on risk reduction via telemedicne.
  • Matthews, T. C., Walsh, T. M., Zuber, S. M., Harhart, J. M., Rawson, E. S. Central adaptations to creatine supplementation in young individuals.
  • Roman, C. L., Miller, N., Weller, B., Rawson, E., Mookerjee, S. Failure to Attain Preset Isokinetic Target Velocities in Trained Athletes.
  • Stahli, S. I., McConnell, T. R., Santamore, W., VanGorden, K. M., Homko, C. Rural vs. urban and sex influences on cardiovascular risk reduction by telemedicine.

Research presentations presented by BU exercise ecience faculty members (BU faculty co-authors are in bold) include:

  • Fradkin A. Does warming-up reduce the risk of injury to golfers? A cluster randomized controlled trial.
  • Hazzard, J. B., Mookerjee, S., and Singh, J. Body satisfaction among weightlifters and power lifters from India.
  • Palm, B., Cotarlan, V. McConnell, T.R., Scott, T. Butcher, R. and Shirani J. Age, CAD history and ECG predict 6-month outcome of patients in a chest pain unit.
  • Rawson, E. S. Aging Does not Affect Torque Production During Repeated Bouts of Intermittent Isokinetic Contractions.
  • Rawson presented an invited lecture entitled "The Risky Business of Dietary Supplements."

Exercise Science graduate student gets published

Adrian Aron, a former master's degree student in exercise science, had his Masters Thesis published in a peer reviewed Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention 27(1):35-41, 2007. The article, is listed: Adrian Aron, Troy A. Klinger, Timothy R. McConnell. Cardiac rehabilitation outcomes no different after on-pump versus off-pump coronary artery bypass surgery. Aron's thesis advisor was Timothy R. McConnell. Aron is pursuing his Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology at Virginia Tech University.

Graduate students receives award

Luke Haile Luke Haile, exercise science graduate student, received the Student Poster Award at the biennial conference of the North American Society for Pediatric Exercise Medicine held in Charleston, South Carolina, Sept. 14 to 16, 2008. The poster titled "Influence of testing sequence on a child's ability to achieve maximal anaerobic and aerobic power" was based on research conducted with Dr. Joseph Andreacci. In addition, Haile was awarded the Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine's Undergraduate Student Investigator Award. Haile's research is titled "Influence of testing sequence on a child's ability to achieve maximal anaerobic and aerobic power." With his mentor, BU exercise science assistant professor Joseph Andreacci, Haile studied how the order of exercise tests affects children's performances. The children were split into two groups and all performed a Wingate anaerobic test and a maximal oxygen consumption treadmill test. The only difference between the two groups was the order in which the tests were performed. "We found that the kids who performed the Wingate before the maximal oxygen consumption test couldn't achieve the same values during the oxygen consumption test as (when we first tested them), but the kids who performed the maximal oxygen consumption test before the Wingate could achieve the same values," Haile said. Haile concluded that the testing sequence is important in determining children's performance. He also found that allowing children to rest for 20 minutes between the two tests did not affect the reliability of the results. Haile's award reflects the quality of his presentation at the MARC-ACSM conference and the significance of his research. The award is given to one undergraduate student each year. "When an undergraduate at a smaller school goes up against students from bigger schools and wins something like this, it's great for the program and for Luke. I hope it pushes him to go further and continue doing research," Andreacci said.

Conference presentations

MARC-ACSM Presentation At the recent Annual Conference of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (MARC-ACSM) in Harrisburg, thirteen undergraduate and graduate exercise science students attended and several presented papers.

  • Christina Ledzema, graduate student, presented the paper, "Effect of a Maximal Treadmill Test on Percent Body Fat Using LBIA in Children." Ledezma's faculty mentor and co-author was Joseph Andreacci.
  • Luke Haile, undergraduate student, presented the paper, "Influence of Testing Sequence on a Child's Ability to Achieve Maximal Anaerobic and Aerobic Power." Haile's presentation was awarded the MARC-ACSM Undergraduate Student Investigator Award. Haile's faculty mentor and co-author was Joseph Andreacci.
  • Michael Conti, graduate student, presented a paper, "Creatine Supplementation Does Not Reduce Muscle Damage or Enhance Recovery from Resistance Exercise." Conti's faculty mentor and co-author was Eric Rawson.
  • Annette Stutzman, graduate student, presented a paper, "A preliminary investigation of the effect of ankle position on sit and reach test performance." Stutzman's faculty mentor and co-author was Swapan Mookerjee.

Exercise Science faculty, students present research

Students and faculty from the Department of Exercise Science attended and delivered lectures at the 2007 Mid-Atlantic Conference of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). The ACSM is the premier sports medicine organization in the world. Working in a wide range of medical specialties, allied health professions, and scientific disciplines, ACSM members are committed to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of sports-related injuries and the advancement of the science of exercise.

  • Jamie Bremen (undergraduate student) presented the paper entitled, "Effect of aerobic exercise on percent body fat using LBIA in adults." Faculty mentor Joseph L. Andreacci.
  • Jennifer Nilsen (undergraduate student) presented the paper entitled, "Effect of an after-school exercise program on percent body fat using LBIA in children," Faculty mentor Joseph L. Andreacci.
  • Hazel Wightman (undergraduate student) presented the paper entitled, "The epidemiology of golfing injuries." Faculty mentor, Andrea Fradkin .
  • Kelly Zarski (undergraduate student) presented the paper entitled, "Analysis of EMG responses during submaximal arm ergometry." Faculty mentor Swapan Mookerjee.
  • Andrea Fradkin, (faculty) presented the paper entitled, "Warm-up: A great performance boost for golfers."
  • Joseph Hazzard, (faculty) presented the paper entitled, "A comparison of social physique anxiety in female exercise participants and college student-athletes." Co-authors were Allen Larsen and Roxanna Larsen.
  • Eric S. Rawson, (faculty) presented the papers entitled "Fitness, fatness, and cardiovascular risk" and "Estimation of energy expenditure during resistance training using accelerometry." Student co-authors included undergraduate student alumni Brinley Geiger, Katy Bodenberg, Ted Ferrari and graduate students Talia Walsh and Laura Duceman .
  • Kelly VanGorden, (faculty) presented the paper entitled, A lasting impact: Reflections from Play It Smart graduates.
  • BU Exercise Science student alumni Luke Haille, M.S., Christine Ledezma, M.S., and Mike Weliconich, M.S. also presented papers at this conference. Exercise science faculty members Tim McConnell and Swapan Mookerjee are past-president and vice-president of the Mid-Atlantic ACSM, respectively.

Department Achievements

  • Exercise Science Graduate Student, Mark Yankowski, recently won the Mid-Atlantic American College of Sports Medicine (MARC-ACSM) Master’s Student Investigator Award at the 2011 meeting. Mark’s presentation, “A positional comparison of pre-season physical fitness characteristics in Division III baseball players” focused on the preliminary data from his Master’s Thesis project that he is working on with Dr. Andrea Fradkin.
  • Dr. Andrea Fradkin was recently elected to Fellow Status in the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).
  • Six Exercise Science students recently presented research at the Mid-Atlantic American College of Sports Medicine (MARC-ACSM) Regional Conference.
  • Brightbill C**, Fradkin A, Smoliga J. Comparison of EMG responses to strength training exercises with and without Nintendo Wii guidance. Presented at the 2011 Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine Conference. Harrisburg, PA, USA.
  • Fleming J**, Hux M**, Fradkin A, Smoliga J. Running economy is not related to jumping performance. Presented at the 2011 Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine Conference. Harrisburg, PA, USA.
  • Hux M**, Fleming J**, Fradkin A, Smoliga J. Running economy remains constant across multiple exercise intensities and is moderately related to VO2max. Presented at the 2011 Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine Conference. Harrisburg, PA, USA.
  • McMahon M**, Mookerjee S, Glose N**, Cole J. Electromyographic and mechanomyographic responses of the biceps brachii and vastus lateralis during isokinetic exercise. Presented at the 2011 Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine Conference. Harrisburg, PA, USA.
  • Rasnake C**, Fradkin A. A comparison of pre-season physical fitness profiles between positions in a Division II men’s soccer team. Presented at the 2011 Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine Conference. Harrisburg, PA, USA.
  • Yankowski M**, Fradkin A. A positional comparison of pre-season physical fitness characteristics in Division III baseball players. Presented at the 2011 Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine Conference. Harrisburg, PA, USA.