Faculty Research & Scholarship

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Faculty Spotlight

Pablo Costa


Pablo Costa, PhD

Professor, Kinesiology



Research Interests:

Dr. Costa’s primary research interests involve the non-invasive assessment of neuromuscular function and the physiological effects of exercise on health, fitness, and performance. Areas of research he has been involved with include resistance training, sports nutrition, body composition, injury risk, flexibility, and balance.

Curent Projects:

Investigating the effects of a nutritional supplement on recovery from exercise-induced muscle damage. In addition, examining the effects of short-term resistance training on strength, muscle mass, body composition, muscle activation, and contra-lateral performance. Recently, his graduate students have compared differences in muscle activation among different exercises and well as investigated the effects of foam rolling.

Recent Contract:

Costa PB. Effects of ActiGin on Exercise-Induced Muscle Damage and Soreness. NuLiv Science USA Inc., Brea, CA. $94,599 approved.

Recent Publications:

Kalén A, Pérez-Ferreirósa A, Costa PB, Rey E. Effects of age on physical and technical performance in the National Basketball Association (NBA) players. Research in Sports Medicine. (In Press)

Herda AA, McKay BD, Herda TJ, Costa PB, Stout JR, Cramer JT. Effects of self-selected resistance exercise with self-paced walking plus whey protein on body composition, muscle strength, and mobility in older adults. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity. (In Press)

Silva GC, Simão R, Conceição RR, Costa PB, Miranda H, Conceição RR, Almeida RL, Sato MA. Does the combination of resistance training and stretching increase cardiac overload. Clinics. 74:1-8, 2019.


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faculty publications as of August 2020

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Daniela Rubin, Professor of Kinesiology, and Kathleen Wilson, Associate Professor of Kinesiology, co-authored a manuscript “A 24-Week Physical Activity Intervention Increases Bone Mineral Content without Changes in Bone Markers in Youth with PWS.”  Published August 24, 2020 in Genes. https://doi.org/10.3390/genes11090984Opens in new window

Joyce Lin, Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Studies, co-authored a manuscript “The Home Numeracy Environment and Measurement of Numeracy Performance in English and Spanish in Dual Language Learners.”  Published online August 20, 2020 in Topics in Early Childhood Special Educationhttps://doi.org/10.1177%2F0271121420942588Opens in new window

Robert Lockie, Associate Professor of Kinesiology, co-wrote a manuscript “Postactivation Performance Enhancement of Concentric Bench Press Throw After Eccentric-Only Conditioning Exercise.”  Published August 18, 2020 in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.”  Read ArticleOpens in new window

Andrew Galpin, Professor of Kinesiology, co-authored a review article “Moving human muscle physiology research forward: an evaluation of fiber type-specific protein research methodologies.”  Published August 12, 2020 in the American Journal of Physiology-Cell Physiology. https://doi.org/10.1152/ajpcell.00107.2020Opens in new window

Anthony DiStefano, Professor of Public Health, co-authored a manuscript “Social Correlates of Recent Suicidal Ideation Among Men Who Have Sex with Men in Greater Tokyo.” Published August 8, 2020 in Sexuality Research and Social Policy. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13178-020-00472-8Opens in new window

Tabashir Nobari, Assistant Professor of Public Health, co-authored an article “Longitudinal trajectories of adiposity-related measures from age 2–5 years in a population of low-income Hispanic children.”  Published August 4, 2020 in Pediatric Research. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41390-020-1099-8Opens in new window

Robert Lockie, Associate Professor of Kinesiology, co-wrote a report “The 75-Yard Pursuit Run Performed by Law Enforcement Recruits – Percentile Rankings and Implications for Training.”  Published August 2020 in TSAC Report. Read ArticleOpens in new window

Scott Lynn, Professor of Kinesiology, co-authored a manuscript “Foot Rotation Gait Modifications Affect Hip and Ankle, But Not Knee, Stance Phase Joint Reaction Forces During Running.”  Published July 31, 2020 in the Journal of Biomechanical Engineering. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4047994Opens in new window

Kathleen Wilson, Associate Professor of Kinesiology, co-authored a manuscript “The Relationship Between Self-Regulatory Efficacy and Physical Activity in Adolescents With a Caveat: A Cross-Lag Design Examining Weather.”  Published July 29, 2020 in Pediatric Exercise Sciencehttps://doi.org/10.1123/pes.2019-0247Opens in new window

Matthew Llewellyn, Professor of Kinesiology, and Toby Rider, Associate Professor of Kinesiology, co-wrote “Dennis Brutus and the South African Non-Racial Olympic Committee in Exile, 1966–1970.”  Published July 27, 2020 in the South African Historical Journalhttps://doi.org/10.1080/02582473.2020.1737205Opens in new window

Robert Lockie, Associate Professor of Kinesiology, co-wrote a manuscript “Importance of Ability-Based Training for Law Enforcement Recruits.”  Published July 22, 2020 in Strength and Conditioning Journal. Read ArticleOpens in new window  



Globally, men who have sex with men (MSM) report elevated rates of suicidal ideation compared with exclusively heterosexual peers. Data from a cross-sectional online survey of MSM in the greater Tokyo metropolitan area in Japan (n = 1,657) indicated suicidal ideation within the preceding two weeks by almost one-third (31%) of participants. Factors associated with ideation in multivariate analysis suggested that suicide prevention efforts should aim to enhance access to MSM social capital networks as a potential protective factor; attend to underemployment as a possible risk factor, particularly in younger MSM; and augment current efforts to address stigma and discrimination in the community.
Anthony DiStefano, Professor of Public Health

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