Pablo Costa

Pablo B. Costa, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Kinesiology
Location: KHS 254
Telephone: (657) 278-4232
Email: pcosta@fullerton.edu

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Advising Area:
Clinical Exercise Science; Fitness and Health Promotion; Strength and Conditioning

Courses Taught:
Advanced Study in Physiology of Exercise – KNES 551
Statistical Methods in Kinesiology – KNES 508
Research Methods in Kinesiology – KNES 510
Physiology of Exercise – KNES 348
Measurement and Statistics in Kinesiology – KNES 349
Strength and Conditioning – KNES 351

Dr. Costa has a Doctorate in Exercise Physiology from the University of Oklahoma under the mentorship of Dr. Cramer. Dr. Costa has authored and co-authored more than 150 research publications, book chapters, conference presentations, and abstracts. In addition, he is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Research Committee, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and serves as a reviewer for over 35 journals.

Interest Area:
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 using surface electromyography (EMG), transcutaneous nerve stimulation (evoked twitches), and other methods to non-invasively examine neuromuscular performance. Areas of research he has been involved with include resistance training, sports nutrition, balance, body composition, injury risk, acceleration, and rate of force development.

Current projects:
Dr. Costa’s current research projects include:

  • The effects of high intensity interval training on exercise and post-exercise caloric expenditure
  • The effects of proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation on peak torque, muscle imbalance, and injury risk.
  • The effects of short-term resistance training on contralateral strength gains and muscle mass.
  • The effects of stretching on performance, injury risk, and postural stability.

Department of Kinesiology

800 North State College Blvd.,
Fullerton, California 92834
Room KHS-121,
Phone: (657) 278-3316
Fax: (657) 278-5317

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