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. 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 during hot yoga
  59. Physiological responses on the CURVE treadmill
  60. Effect of altitude on the relative duration-intensity relationship during cycle time trials