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Joel T. Cramer


2003 Ph.D., Exercise Physiology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2001 M.P.E., Exercise Physiology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
1997 B.A., Exercise Science, Creighton University

My lab studies the form and function of human skeletal muscle. As a result, my research program is aligned with the programmatic theme of Exercise Physiology & Nutrition. Specifically, we use in vivo human subject research models to study the applied physiology and neuromuscular mechanisms that explain changes in muscle strength, size, and function. We conduct research studies during periods of growth and development, aging and sarcopenia, resistance training, stretching, fatigue, recovery, and dietary supplementation. We use our evidence-based information on skeletal muscle form and function to address contemporary problems, discover innovative methodologies, and translate our findings to practitioners and consumers. Some of our measurements include isokinetic dynamometry, dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA), B-mode ultrasonography, indirect calorimetry, near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS), accelerometry, force kinetics, surface electromyography (EMG), mechanomyography (MMG), transcutaneous nerve stimulation, twitch interpolation, heart rate variability, and digital signal processing techniques. My lab group includes past and present graduate assistants who strive to balance research and teaching for careers in academia and industry. As a result, I have authored or co-authored over 200 peer-reviewed scientific articles, 200 conference research presentations, and a textbook entitled "Laboratory Manual for Exercise Physiology, Exercise Testing, and Physical Fitness." I have served as a past member of the Board of Directors and Fellow of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and Fellow of the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN).

 Skeletal muscle is responsible for all human movement during physical activity and exercise. As observed in sport science and sports nutrition, human performance and nutrition are integrally related to skeletal muscle size and strength. These characteristics of muscle form and function are highly complex and manifest in an individual through the convergence of genetic and environmental factors. Nearly 8% of the human genome is devoted to form/function of skeletal muscle, providing an extensive basis for inter-individual variation. What is less apparent than the sizes and movement functions of skeletal muscle is its contribution to multi-organ characteristics such as resting metabolism, glucose uptake and storage, oxygen utilization, and peripheral blood flow for nutrient delivery. In addition, skeletal muscle is critical for resistance to falls and low back pain. Thus, beyond movement alone, muscle form/function contributes to a wide range of characteristics that are related to disease predisposition and commonly-reported allied health concerns. As a consequence, the ability to connect measurements of skeletal muscle function in a natural, yet controlled, laboratory setting with physiological characteristics that underlie movement/exercise and disease predisposition has helped define the concept of preventative medicine. Simply applying many of the same types of measurements used in sport science when studying athletic performance is also tremendously effective for studying clinical, health-related conditions impacted by skeletal muscle function.

Professional Highlights

Honors and Recognition
2018, Retiring Board Member, Service Recognition. NSCA National Conference, Indianapolis.2018, Recognition of excellent performance for outstanding dedication to our college and its students. UNL College of Education and Human Sciences, Student Advisory Board.2015, William J. Kraemer Outstanding Sport Scientist of the Year Award. NSCA National Conference, Orlando.2011, NSCA Nutritional Research Award. NSCA National Conference, Las Vegas2011, NSCA JSCR Editorial Excellence Award. NSCA National Conference, Las Vegas2009, Top Reviewer Award, Journal of Neuroscience Methods, Elsevier Ltd., Camden, London2009, President’s Award. NSCA National Conference, Las Vegas2005, Young Investigator of the Year Award, NSCA National Conference, Las Vegas2000, Student Research Award, NSCA National Conference, Orlando2000, Bronze Award of Appreciation, NSCA Certification Commission, Orlando
2018-present, Professor, Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2018-present, N150 Commission, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2017-present, Program Director, NSCA ERP Strength & Conditioning Curriculum, Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2017-present, Faculty Senate, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2017-present, Chair, Conflict of Interest in Research Committee, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2017-present, IANR Liaison Committee, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2017-present, Dean’s Advisory Council, College of Education & Human Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2016-present, University Health Center Advisory Board, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2016-present, Academic Standards Committee, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2014-2018, Associate Professor (with tenure), Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2013-present, Graduate Chair, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences2012-2014, Associate Professor (tenure-track), Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2011-2012, Associate Professor, Oklahoma State University2005-2011, Assistant Professor, University of Oklahoma2003-2005, Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Arlington1999-2003, Graduate Assistant, University of Nebraska-Lincoln1999, Graduate Assistant, UNL Department of Curriculum and Instruction1998-1999, Graduate Instructor, UNL Office of Campus Recreation1997-1998, Manager, General Nutrition Center, Stockyards Plaza, Omaha, NE1993-1997, Assistant Strength Coach, Creighton University Athletic Department
Licensed Limited Radiographer, State of Nebraska. American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), Department of Health & Human Services of Nebraska, Division of Public Health Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (FACSM)Fellow of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (FNSCA)Fellow of the International Society of Sports Nutrition (FISSN)Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Recertified with Distinction (CSCS,*D). National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)NSCA Certified Personal Trainer, Recertified with Distinction (NSCA-CPT,*D)