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Clinical Exercise Physiology (MS)
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    Recent Thesis Topics

    Below is a listing of selected thesis topics of past CEP students.  One of the goals of the program is to conduct theses topics that are suitable for publication, as well as presentation at the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) or American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) annual meetings.  Our experience is that students who have conducted, presented and published research are more competitive on the job market compared to students who do thesis projects that do not 'stand alone'.

    University grants are available to help support the costs of conducting many research projects as well as to support travel to professional meetings to present their research.

    1. Exercise responses during a maximal Krankcycle and cycle ergometer test
    2. Effect of PDE5 inhibitors (Viagra) on post-exercise blood pressure
    3. Relative exercise intensity of a Krankcycle workout
    4. Relative exercise intensity and caloric expenditure of Hooping
    5. Electromyographic analysis of eight different triceps exercises:  Which is best?
    6. The effectiveness of the Shake Weight in comparison to traditional dumbbells
    7. A comparison of running mechanics and ground reaction forces when wearing running shoes, Vibram fivefingers or going barefoot.
    8. The energy expenditure ad relative exercise intensity of using the Streetstrider
    9. The energy expenditure and relative exercise intensity of four P90X workouts
    10. Gender differences in cardiac rehabilitation outcomes
    11. Does ethnicity effect outcomes in cardiac rehabilitation?
    12. The effects of music on time trial performance
    13. Rating of perceived exertion drift during steady state treadmill exercise
    14. Growth of RPE during resistance training
    15. Effect of running experience on pacing strategy
    16. The physiological effects of participating in Zumba
    17. Session RPE during steady-state and interval training
    18. Predicting time trial performance in cycling from responses during warm-up
    19. Training responses from Kettlebell exercises
    20. Effect of altitude and warm-up on the template during cycle time trials
    21. Do toning pants increase workout intensity?
    22. Exercise responses during Batuka dance exercise
    23. Predicting training responses from the Talk Test in a clinical population.
    24. Exercise responses on an elliptical trainer
    25. Does childhood smoke exposure predict pulmonary abnormalities in young adults?
    26. Comparison of the 6-minute walk test with the 500 m walk  and NuStep test
    27. Reproducibility of Talk Test responses
    28. Physiological responses during Tabata training
    29. Physiological responses during Cross Fit training
    30. Comparison of various activity sensors
    31. Exercise intensity when Talk Test responses are clamped
    32. Comparison of acoustic analysis of breath sounds versus respiratory gas exchange
    33. Exercise science knowledge base of youth coaches
    34. Physiological responses during hot yoga
    35. Physiological responses on the CURVE treadmill
    36. Effect of altitude on the relative duration-intensity relationship during cycle time trials
    37. Comparative effecits of steady-state, interval and Tabata training
    38. Effect of stage duration on Talk Test responses
    39. The Talk Test as a continuous vs. categorical variable
    40. Effect of pace variations on the cost of running
    41. Enhanced prediction of VO2max during the 6-minute walk test
    42. Thermal challenges during Bikram yoga
    43. Training effects of altitude simulation masks
    44. Physiological responses during log rolling
    45. Effects of speech passage duration on Talk Test responses
    46. Temporal stability of pacing strategy:  Effect of glycogen depletion
    47. Translation of Talk Test responses in cardiac patients
    48. Translation of Talk Test responses in sedentary individuals
    49. Physiological responses on the ElliptoGO
    50. Prediction of VO2max and VT from the Rockport test & terminal RPE