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:
Exercise Science, Strength and Conditioning, Clinical Exercise Science; Fitness and Health Promotion;

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. Joel Cramer. Dr. Costa has authored and co-authored more than 150 research publications, book chapters, conference presentations, and abstracts. In addition, he is a Senior Editor for the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research (JSCR), is 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, flexibility, 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


**Interested undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to contact Dr. Costa directly via email (pcosta@fullerton.edu)

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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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