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Kyle T. Ebersole, PhD, LAT

Associate Professor, Chair

Education

Ph D Exercise Physiology University of Nebraska 2000
M.P.E Exercise Science University of Nebraska 1996
BS Kinesiology University of Illinois-Chicago 1994

Speaker Topics

  • Injury Rehabilitation
  • Firefighter Performance and Injury
  • Sport Performance
  • Movement Screens
  • Heart Rate Variability
  • Athletic Training

Interests & Expertise

Kyle Ebersole conducts research pertinent to expanding the scientific knowledge base that informs the physiological basis for injury prevention, re-conditioning, strength training, and physiological performance across a continuum of sport and occupational athletes.

His recent and ongoing research projects include exploring the application of heart rate variability as a measure of recovery and injury state in baseball pitchers; development of indices that discriminate between injured and uninjured muscle; influence of massage on muscle function and the autonomic nervous system; application of movement screens in the evaluation of athlete performance; examination of the physiological markers of firefighter performance; and development of performance screening tools for firefighters.

Ebersole is a Licensed Athletic Trainer and has earned certifications from the National Academy in Sports Medicine as a Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) and a Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES).

Selected Publications

Cornell, D. J., Paxson, J. L., Caplinger, R. A., Seligman, J. R., Davis, N. A., Flees, R. J., & Ebersole, K. (2017). In-game heart rate responses among professional baseball starting pitchers. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 31(1), 24-29.
Cornell, D. J., Paxson, J. L., Caplinger, R. A., Seligman, J. R., Davis, N. A., Flees, R. J., & Ebersole, K. (2017). Resting Heart Rate Variability Among Professional Baseball Starting Pitchers. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.
Cornell, D. J., Gnacinski, S. L., Zamzow, A., Mims, J., & Ebersole, K. T. (2017). Measures of Health, Fitness, and Functional Movement Among Firefighter Recruits. International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics.
Gnacinski, S. L., Meyer, B. B., Hess, C. W., Cornell, D. J., Mims, J., Zamzow, A., & Ebersole, K. (2016). Understanding the psychology of firefighting: An examination of psychological skills use among firefighters. Journal of Performance Psychology, 9, 1-24.
Cornell, D. J., Gnacinski, S. L., Zamzow, A., Mims, J., & Ebersole, K. (2016). Influence of obesity on movement efficiency among firefighter recruits. WORK, 54(3), 679-687.
Gnacinski, S. L., Ebersole, K., Cornell, D. J., Mims, J., Zamzow, A., & Meyer, B. B. (2016). Firefighters’ cardiovascular health and fitness: An observation of adaptations that occur during firefighter training academies. WORK, 54, 43-50.
Gnacinski, S. L., Meyer, B. B., Cornell, D. J., Mims, J., Zalewski, K. R., & Ebersole, K. (2015). Tactical athletes: An integrated approach to understanding and enhancing firefighter health and performance. International Journal of Exercise Science, 8(4), 341-357.
Cornell, D. J., Gnacinski, S. L., Langford, M. H., Mims, J., & Ebersole, K. (2015). Backwards overhead medicine ball throw and counter movement jump performance among firefighter candidates. Journal of Trainology, 4(1), 11-14.
Cornell, D. J., Ebersole, K., Meyer, B. B., & Zalewski, K. R. (2015). Relationships between extraversion and measures of counter movement jump performance. International Journal of Sports Science, 5(3), 73-79.
Weinhandl, J. T., Earl-Boehm, J. E., Ebersole, K., Huddleston, W. E., Armstrong, B. S., & O’Connor, K. M. (2014). Reduced hamstrings strength increases anterior cruciate ligament loading during anticipated sidestep cutting. Clinical Biomechanics.
Meyer, B. B., Merkur, A., Ebersole, K., & Massey, W. V. (2014). The realities of working in elite sport. What they didn’t teach you in graduate school. Whyte, G., & Lane, A. M. (Eds.). Case studies in sport science and medicine. CreateSpace.
Wessels, K. K., Brown, J. L., Ebersole, K., & Sosnoff, J. J. (2013). Sex, shoulder pain and range of motion in manual wheelchair users. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, 50(3), 351-356.
Seneli, R. M., Ebersole, K., O’Connor, K. M., Snyder, A. C., & Hall, E. (2013). Estimated VO2max from the Rockport Walk Test on a non-motorized, curved treadmill. Journal of strength and conditioning research/National Strength & Conditioning Association, 27(12).
Weinhandl, J. T., Earl-Boehm, J. E., O’Connor, K. M., Ebersole, K., Huddleston, W. E., & Armstrong, B. S. (2013). Anticipatory effects on anterior cruciate ligament loading during sidestep cutting. Clinical Biomechanics, 28(6), 655-663.
Gnacinski, S., Meyer, B. B., & Ebersole, K. (2013). Backdraft: The use of applied sport psychology to characterize firefighter performance. , 2-4.

Presentations

Cornell, D., Ebersole, K., Azen, R., Earl-Boehm, J. E., Zalewski, K. R., & Alt, C. (February 2017). Criterion Validity of the Fusionetics Movement Efficiency Test In Reference to the Functional Movement Screen Among Active-Duty Firefighters. Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, San Antonio, TX.
O’Connor, M. L., O’Connor, K. M., Ebersole, K., & Earl-Boehm, J. E. (2016). The development of the single-leg landing error scoring system (SL-LESS) for lower extremity movement screening. National Athletic Training Association annual convention,, Baltimore, MD.
Cornell, D. J., & Ebersole, K. (June 2016). Inter-rater reliability of a movement efficiency test among the firefighter cadet population. American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.
Ebersole, K., & Cornell, D. J. (June 2016). Inter-rater response stability of a movement efficiency test among the firefighter cadet population. American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.
Flees, R. J., Ebersole, K. T., Paxson, J. L., Dine, N., Caplinger, R. A., Seligman, J. R., Drilias, M. J., & Cornell, D. J. (December 2015). Influence of level of professional baseball on resting heart rate variability among starting pitchers across a season.. College of Health Sciences Research Symposium, Milwaukee, WI.
Ford, E. E., Cornell, D. J., & Ebersole, K. (December 2015). Influence of self-myofascial release on the expression of isometric knee extension force. College of Health Sciences Research Symposium, Milwaukee, WI.
Cornell, D. J., Flees, R. J., Caplinger, R. A., Seligman, J. R., Paxon, J. L., Davis, N. A., & Ebersole, K. (July 2015). Influence of home and away starts on in-game heart rate responses among professional baseball starting pitchers. National Strength and Conditioning Association National Conference, Orlando, FL.
Gnacinski, S. L., Ebersole, K., Cornell, D. J., Mims, J., & Meyer, B. B. (May 2015). The psychology of firefighting: An examination of psychological skills use among firefighters. American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.
Cornell, D. J., Ebersole, K., Caplinger, R. A., Seligman, J. R., Paxson, J. L., & Davis, N. A. (May 2015). Influence of pitching rotation day on resting heart rate variability among professional baseball starting pitchers. American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.
Cornell, D. J., Gnacinski, S. L., Mims, J., & Ebersole, K. (May 2015). Longitudinal influence of a firefighter recruit training program on measures of muscular strength. College of Health Sciences Research Symposium, Milwaukee, WI.
Ford, E. E., Ebersole, K. T., Cornell, D. J., Zander, R. A., & Gnacinski, S. L. (April 2015). Relationship between balance and measures of fitness and strength in firefighters. UWM Undergraduate Research Symposium, Milwaukee, WI.
Ebersole, K. (January 2015). Identifying fatigue in professional baseball pitchers. Milwaukee Brewers Medical Symposium, Phoenix, AZ.
Gorgas, J. M., Meyer, B. B., Gnacinski, S. L., Hess, C. W., Mims, J., Zamzow, A., & (December 2014). An examination of changes in grit over the course of a firefighter recruit training program. College of Health Sciences Research Symposium, Milwaukee, WI.
Cornell, D. J., Ebersole, K., Gnacinski, S. L., & Mims, J. (December 2014). Longitudinal influence of a firefighter recruit training program on measures of obesity. College of Health Sciences Research Symposium, Milwaukee, WI.
Cornell, D. J., Gnacinski, S. L., Zamzow, A., Mims, J., & Ebersole, K. (November 2014). Influence of firefighter recruit training programs on measures of health and fitness. ACSM Midwest Chapter Regional Meeting, Merrillville, IN.

Professional Memberships

  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
  • National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA)
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)

Honors & Awards

Dean’s Research Award (2016, May) College of Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Ideadvance Award Winner for Tactical Athlete (2015, May) UWM Research Foundation.
Graduate School Research Fellow (2009, May) UW-Milwaukee.

Current & Previous Activities

  • Member of Journal of Athletic Training Editorial Board
  • Manuscript reviewer for 6 scientific journals
  • Conference abstract and student grant reviewer for National Strength and Conditioning Association
  • State of Wisconsin Licensed Athletic Trainer
  • Certified Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES), National Academy of Sports Medicine
  • Certified Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES), National Academy of Sports Medicine
  • Performance consultant for professional sport clubs and companies