Alina Swafford publishes M.S. thesis manuscript

Alina Swafford, a graduate of the M.S. in Kinesiology program, recently had her thesis manuscript accepted by the European Journal of Applied Physiology. The title of the article is “No acute effects of placebo or open-label placebo treatments on strength, voluntary activation, and neuromuscular fatigue” and it can be found here: Co-authors include Dennis Kwon, Rob MacLennan, Dr. David Fukuda, Dr. Jeffrey Stout, and Dr. Stock (PI). Alina is currently a Ph.D. student at UNLV working under the direction of Dr. John Mercer. We are very proud of her accomplishments!

Kylie Harmon publishes manuscript in Physiological Measurement

2nd year PhD student Kylie Harmon recently had a paper accepted in Physiological Measurement. The title of the paper is “Is the motor unit mean firing rate versus recruitment threshold relationship linear?” and was co-authored by students Ryan Girts and Rob MacLennan, as well as Dr. Stock (PI). The article can be found here: UCF NPL is very proud of Kylie for this and all of her future contributions to the lab.

Student collaborator wins prestigious award

A former student of Dr. Stock’s, Joshua (JC) Carr, was awarded the 2019 American Kinesiology Association Graduate Student Writing Award for his work done in collaboration with the lab. JC visited UCF in the summer of 2018 for data collection. Data from that experience was published in the Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology. The full paper for which JC won the award can be found here: Congratulations to JC for this wonderful accomplishment.

Graduate students share their research at UCF Grad Forum!

On Friday, April 5th, eight different graduate students whose work was carried in the Neuromuscular Plasticity Laboratory presented at the UCF Graduate Research Forum. The primary presenters were as follows:

Kylie Harmon- Is the motor unit mean firing rate versus recruitment threshold relationship linear?

Ryan Girts- Vastus lateralis motor unit recruitment thresholds in younger versus older men

Michael Sahebi, Nathan Becker, Ethan Davis- Deterioration in skeletal muscle size and quality following short-term limb immobilization

David Ogilvie, John McDorman, Ernest Vargas - Declines in muscle strength and voluntary activation are observed within 48 hours of knee joint immobilization

Dr. Stock presents data at 9th annual International Conference on Frailty and Sarcopenia Research

Last week, Dr. Stock gave a 15-minute podium presentation at the International Conference on Frailty and Sarcopenia Research (ICFSR) in Miami, Florida. The title of the presentation was “Compensatory adjustments in motor unit behavior during fatigue differ in younger versus older men.” The ICFSR is the only meeting in the world focused exclusively on all aspects of frailty and sarcopenia. Additional information about this meeting can be found here:

Kylie Harmon awarded scholarship, research grant!

UCF PhD student Kylie Harmon has much to celebrate. First, Kylie was awarded a $1,500 scholarship through the NSCA Foundation. Founded in 2007 with the aim of supporting the advancement of strength and conditioning practical applications, the NSCA Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to providing funding to NSCA members taking part in educational and research endeavors. In addition, Kylie was awarded $5,040 through the UCF LIFE group’s Richard Tucker Gerontology Applied Research Award program. Both of these awards will help Kylie focus on research throughout her doctoral studies at UCF.

Dr. Stock named member of the UCF Institutional Review Board

Last week, Dr. Stock was named an Alternate Member of the UCF Institutional Review Board. In his new role, Dr. Stock will be evaluating research proposals, as well as presenting them to the Board. The IRB Membership includes experts in science, medicine, and participant advocates, including representatives from the community, in order to provide the diverse perspectives needed to conduct a thorough review of research. Additional information about the Board may be found here: