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Clinical Exercise Physiology (MS)
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  • Thesis

    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. Effect of exercise intensity and duration on post exercise hypotension
    2. Effect of blood donation of linkage between the Talk Test and ventilatory threshold
    3. Comparison of the 6-minute walk test with the 6-minute Nu Step test
    4. Changes in complaint index in athletes during hard training
    5. Translation of exercise test responses to exercise training
    6. Perception of fatigue during cycle time trials
    7. Energy cost of Spinning classes
    8. Energy cost of the Wii cycling program
    9. Energy cost of walking 10,000 steps per day
    10. Physiological and psychological effects of NIA exercise
    11. Breaking away: The effect of non-uniform pacing during cycling
    12. Effect of pre-exercise hypoxia on time trial performance
                   Finalist in AACVPR Beginning Investigator Award
    13. Learning effects in 6-min walk performance
    14. The effects of auditory input on RPE during cycling
                   Finalist in AACVPR Beginning Investigator Award
    15. Energy expenditure and relative intensity of Dancetown
                   Finalist in AACVPR Beginning Investigator Award
    16. Heart rate responses associated with waterfowl hunting in males
    17. Gender differences in response to resistance training in cardiac patients
    18. The process of learning pacing strategy in various age groups
    19. The effect of music tempo vs. percussion vs. beat frequency on exercise intensity
    20. The acute physiological effects of interval training vs. steady state training
    21. Exercise responses during a maximal Krankcycle and cycle ergometer test
    22. Effect of PDE5 inhibitors (Viagra) on post-exercise blood pressure
    23. Translation of the Talk Test to exercise prescription
    24. Effects of EMS  on perceived body satisfaction & tone of the gluteal muscles
    25. Effects of EMS training on strength/endurance of the gluteal muscles
    26. Relative exercise intensity of a Krankcycle workout
    27. Relative exercise intensity and caloric expenditure of Hooping
    28. Electromyographic analysis of eight different triceps exercises:  Which is best?
    29. The effectiveness of the Shake Weight in comparison to traditional dumbbells
    30. A comparison of running mechanics and ground reaction forces when wering running shoes, Vibram fivefingers or going barefoot.
    31. The energy expenditure ad relative exercise intensity of using the Streetstrider
    32. The energy expenditure and relative exercise intensity of four P90X workouts
    33. Gender differences in cardiac rehabilitation outcomes
    34. Does ethnicity effect outcomes in cardiac rehabilitation?
    35. The effects of music on time trial performance
    36. Rating of perceived exertion drift during steady state treadmill exercise
    37. Growth of RPE during resistance training
    38. Effect of running experience on pacing strategy
    39. The physiological effects of participating in Zumba
    40. Session RPE during steady state and interval training
    41. Predicting time trial performance in cycling from responses during warm-up
    42. Training responses from Kettlebell exercises
    43. Effect of altitude and warm-up on the template during cycle time trials
    44. Do toning pants increase workout intensity
    45. Exercise responses during Batuka dance exercise
    46. Predicting training responses from the Talk Test in a clinical population.
    47. Exercise responses on an elliptical trainer
    48. Does childhood smoke exposure predict pulmonary abnormalities in young adults ?
    49. Comparison of the 6 minute walk test with the 500m walk test
    50. Comparison of the 6 minute NuStep test with the 40kcal NuStep test
    51. Reproducibility of Talk Test Responses
    52. Physiological responses during Tabata training
    53. Physiological responses during Cross Fit training
    54. Comparison of various activity sensors
    55. Exercise intensity when Talk Test responses are clamped
    56. Comparison of acoustic analysis of breath sounds versus respiratory gas exchange
    57. Exercise science knowledge base of youth coaches
    58. Physiological responses on the CURVE treadmill
    59. Effect of altitude on the relative duration-intensity relationship during cycle time trials 
    60. Physiological responses during hot yoga       
    61. Comparative effecits of steady-state, interval and Tabata training
    62. Effect of stage duration on Talk Test responses
    63. The Talk Test as a continuous vs. categorical variable   
    64. Effect of pace variations on the cost of running  
    65. Enhanced prediction of VO2max during the 6-minute walk test   
    66. Thermal challenges during Bickram yoga