Education Board

Dr. Thomas Nesser, Ph.D.

Specialty Exercise Science

Education

Ph.D. Kinesiology - University of Minnesota - Minneapolis, Minnesota - April 2000

MS Exercise Science - University of Nebraska at Omaha - Omaha, Nebraska - May 1995

BA Sports Science - St. Olaf College - Northfield, Minnesota - May 1993

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Certifications

American College of Sports Medicine - Health/Fitness Specialist - May 1994

National Strength and Conditioning Association - Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist - August 1993

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Professional Experience

August 2013 to present - Professor

August 2008 to Present - Associate Professor

January 2009 to August 2009 - Interim Department Chair, Department of Physical Education

August 2002 to July 2008 - Assistant Professor

College of Nursing, Health and Human Services, Department of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN.

Duties: Exercise Science undergraduate program director, class preparation and lecture, student major advisor, and University committee participation.

August 1999 to May 2002

Assistant Professor, College of Education, Department of Physical Education, Dakota State University, Madison, SD. Duties: Exercise Science major core class preparation and lecture, student major advisor, and University committee participation.

July 1997 to June 1999

Research and Teaching Assistant, Department of Kinesiology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. Duties: study design and protocol development, subject preparation, exercise test technician, lab equipment maintenance and operation, undergraduate student supervision, class preparation and lecture.

July 1996 to June 1997

Assistant Project Coordinator, HERITAGE Family Study, Laboratory of Physiological Hygiene and Exercise Science, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. Duties: initial evaluation and prescription of individual subject's training program, monitoring training protocol to include evaluation and analysis of training data with weekly reports, subject retention and compliance, training room and student supervision, exercise and body composition testing, and general lab maintenance and scheduling.

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Thesis

Nesser, T.W. Development of upper body power in junior cross-country skiers. Unpublished Ph.D. thesis, University of Minnesota, 2000.

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Publications

Nesser, T.W., M.J. Gage, and N. Fleming. Comparison of Core Muscle Activation between the Front Squat and Back Squat, and between the Overhead Press and Push-Press. In Review.

Nesser, T.W., What are appropriate weight lifting modifications for patients with a history of shoulder problems?. In Bliven. K.M. (Ed.), Quick Questions on the Shoulder: Expert Advice in Sports Medicine. Slack Inc. Thorofare, NJ. In Print.

Nesser, T.W., Core Assessment. In Willardson. J.M. (Ed.), National Strength and Conditioning Association Developing the Core. Human Kinetics. Champaign, IL. 2014.

Kingsley, J.D., R. Zakrajsek, T.W. Nesser, and MJ. Gage. Static stretching and imagery on anaerobic performance. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 27(1), 265-269, 2013.

LeDune, J.A, T.W. Nesser, A. Finch, R.A. Zakrajsek. Biomechanical analysis of two standing sprint start techniques. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 26(12):3449-3453, 2012.

Shinkle, J., T.W. Nesser, T.J. Demchak, D.M. McMannus. Effect of core strength on the measure of power in the extremities. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 26(2):373-380, 2012.

Okado, T., K.C. Huxel, and T.W. Nesser, Relationship between core stability, functional movement, and performance. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 25(1):252-261. 2011.

Nesser, T.W. and W.L. Lee. The relationship between core stability and performance in Division I female soccer players. Journal of Exercise Physiology online. 12(2):21-28. 2009.

Nesser, T.W., K.C. Huxel, J.L. Tincher, and T. Okado, The relationship between core stability and performance in strength and power athletes. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 22(6). 2008.

Hardy, L., J. Brucker, K. Huxel, and T.W. Nesser. Prophylactic ankle braces do not affect star excursion balance measures in uninjured subjects. Journal of Athletic Training. 43(4):347-351. 2008.

Nesser, T.W. The use of technology in and out of the classroom. Indiana AHPERD Journal. 37(2). 2008.

Nesser, T.W. The glycemic advantage. NSCA Performance Training Journal. 6(6):17-19. 2007.

Nesser, T.W. and T. Demchak. The effects of preseason conditioning on volleyball performance. Journal of Exercise Physiology online. 10(5):35-42. 2007.

Huang, C.J., T.W. Nesser, J.E. Edwards, and J.L. Alexander. Physiological determinates of rowing performance. Journal of Exercise Physiology online. 10(4):43-50. 2007.

Nesser, T.W. Refining research significance. Indiana AHPERD Journal. 36(3). 2007

Nesser, T.W. Establishing your program through the National Strength and Conditioning Association's Educational Recognition Program. Indiana AHPERD Journal. 35(3). 2006.

Nesser, T.W., C. Shuping, R.C. Serfass, and S.E. Gaskill, Development of upper body power in junior cross country skiers. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 18(4), 2004.

Koscheyev, V.S., G.R. Leon, T.W. Nesser, D. Tranchida, and T.J Taylor. Components of respirator comfort: A comparison of the 3M CFR and 42 CFR respirators. Technical Report, 3M Occupational Health and Safety Division, 1998.

Nesser, T.W., R.W. Latin, K. Berg, and E. Prentice. Physiological determinants of 40-meter sprint performance in young male athletes. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 10(4), 1996.

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Conference Presentations/Abstracts

Cleays, H., Zakrajsek, R., Martinson, M., Edwards, A., Brewer, A., Hochgesang, S., Nesser, T.W., Gage, M., Kingsly, J.D. The effect of stretching and motor imagery on anaerobic performance in trained cyclists. American College of Sports Medicine Annual meeting. San Francisco, CA. 2012.

T.W. Nesser and D.M. McMannus. Relationship between muscles stiffness and athletic performance variables. Poster presentation at the National Strength and Conditioning Association National Conference, Las Vegas, NV. 2011.

Nesser, T.W., T. Okada, and K.C. Huxel. Relationship between core stability, functional movement and performance. Poster presentation at the National Strength and Conditioning Association National Conference, Las Vegas, NV. 2008.

Lee, W.L. and T.W. Nesser. The relationship between core stability and performance in Division I female soccer players. Poster presentation at the National Strength and Conditioning Association National Conference, Las Vegas, NV. 2008.

Nesser, T.W. Recovery Nutrition. Slide Presentation (50 minute) at the Indiana NSCA Annual State Clinic. Carmel, IN. 2008.

Nesser, T.W. S.M. Edwardson, H. Millick. Increasing Student Access to Visual Learning Objects. Slide Presentation (50 Minutes) at the Teaching and Learning with Technology Conference, West Lafayette, IN. 2008.

Nesser, T.W. J.D Jasper, T.J. Demchak, and J.E. Edwards. The effect of hip flexor training on collegiate sprinters. Poster presentation at the National Strength and Conditioning Association National Conference, Atlanta, GA. 2007.

Nesser, T.W. Implications of Core Training. Slide Presentation (50 minute) at the Indiana NSCA Annual State Clinic. Carmel, IN. 2007.

Nesser, T.W. Childhood obesity. Wabash Valley Community Summit. Terre Haute, IN. 2006.

Robbins, L.W., J.C. Ozmun, J.E. Edwards, and T.W. Nesser. EMG and energy expenditure differences in children handling weighted and non-weighted toy blocks. Poster presentation at the CDC ? International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health, Atlanta, GA. 2006.

Robbins, L.W., J.C. Ozmun, J.E. Edwards, and T.W. Nesser. Oxygen consumption and heart rate differences in children carrying weighted and non-weighted toy blocks. Poster presentation at the American College of Sports Medicine National Conference, Denver, CO. 2006.

Nesser, T.W. and T.J. Demchak. Variations of preseason conditioning on volleyball performance. Poster presentation at the National Strength and Conditioning Association National Conference, Washington D.C. 2006.

Nesser, T.W. and T.J. Demchak. The effects of preseason conditioning on volleyball performance. Poster presentation at the National Strength and Conditioning Association National Conference, Las Vegas, NV. 2005.

Huang, C.J., T.W. Nesser, J.E. Edwards, and J.L. Alexander. Physiological determinates of rowing performance. Poster presentation at the National Strength and Conditioning Association National Conference, Las Vegas, NV. 2005.

Babington, J.P., J.E. Edwards, J.W. Skaggs, R. Bergman, T.W. Nesser. Hoffman reflex does not differ between endurance trained, power trained and controls. Poster presentation at the American College of Sports Medicine National Conference, San Francisco, CA. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 35(5), 2003.

Nesser, T.W., S.E. Gaskill, S.P. Chen, A.J. Walker and R.C. Serfass. Upper body power development and race performance in junior cross-country skiers. Poster presentation at the American College of Sports Medicine National Conference, Baltimore, MD. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 33(5), 2001.

Nesser, T.W., S.E. Gaskill, S.P. Chen, A.J. Walker and R.C. Serfass. Upper body power development in junior cross-country skiers. Poster presentation at the American College of Sports Medicine National Conference, Indianapolis, IN. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 32(5), 2000.

Nesser, T.W., S.E. Gaskill, S.P. Chen, C.M. Peterson, A.J. Walker and R.C. Serfass. Development of upper body power in junior cross-country skiers. Poster presentation at the American College of Sports Medicine National Conference, Seattle, WA. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 31(5), 1999.

Nesser, T.W., S.E. Gaskill, K. Skemp, A.J. Walker. Variance in the reproducibility of the Borg rating of RPE during exercise test with cross-country skiers. Poster presentation at the American College of Sports Medicine National Conference, Orlando, FL. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 30(5), 1998.

Bakke, B.L. R.C. Serfass, C.J. Billington, C.C. Drahiem, P.V. Snyder, and T.W. Nesser. Increasing exercise in Prader-Willi syndrome: A longitudinal study of physiological and behavioral outcomes. Association for Behavior Analysis National Conference, Chicago, IL. 1997.

Nesser, T.W., S.E. Gaskill, P. Bednarski, A.J. Walker, R.C. Serfass. Changes in upper body economy of young cross country skiers. Poster presentation at the American College of Sports Medicine National Conference, Denver, CO. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 29(5), 1997.

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Teaching Experience

Indiana State University - August 2002 to present

  • Course: Fitness for Life
  • Course: Aerobic and Anaerobic Training Methods
  • Course: Resistance Training Methods
  • Course: Physiology of Exercise
  • Course: Foundations of Conditioning
  • Course: Teaching Strategies in Physical Fitness
  • Course: Scientific Aspects of Coaching and Physical Education
  • Course: Organization and Administration of Fitness Programs
  • Course: Lifespan Fitness
  • Course: Advanced Strength and Conditioning Theory

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    Committee Memberships

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    Professional Organizations

    National Strength and Conditioning Association Indiana State Director (2005 - 2008) Education Committee (2006 - 2012)

    American College of Sports Medicine

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    Other Organizations

    American Legion