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Kyle T. Ebersole, PhD, LAT

Associate Professor, Chair

Education

Ph D Exercise Physiology University of Nebraska 2000
MS Exercise Science (MPE) 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., GNACINSKI, S. L., MEYER, B. B., & Ebersole, K. (2017, November). Changes in Health and Fitness in Firefighter Recruits. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 49(11), 2223-2233.
Cornell, D. J., Paxson, J. L., Caplinger, R. A., Seligman, J. R., Davis, N. A., & Ebersole, K. (2017, March). Resting Heart Rate Variability Among Professional Baseball Starting Pitchers. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 31(3), 575-581.
Cornell, D. J., Paxson, J. L., Caplinger, R. A., Seligman, J. R., Davis, N. A., Flees, R. J., & Ebersole, K. (2017, January (1st Quarter/Winter)). In-Game Heart Rate Responses Among Professional Baseball Starting Pitchers. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 31(1), 24-29.
Cornell, D. J., Gnacinski, S. L., Zamzow, A., Mims, J., & Ebersole, K. (2017, April (2nd Quarter/Spring)). Measures of health, fitness, and functional movement among firefighter recruits. International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics, 23(2), 198-204.
Collins, J. D., Almonroeder, T. G., Ebersole, K., & O’Connor, K. M. (2016, June). The effects of fatigue and anticipation on the mechanics of the knee during cutting in female athletes. Clinical Biomechanics, 35, 62-67.
Cornell, D. J., Gnacinski, S. L., Zamzow, A., Mims, J., & Ebersole, K. (2016, July (3rd Quarter/Summer)). Influence of body mass index on movement efficiency among firefighter recruits. Work, 54(3), 679-687.
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., 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.
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.
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. Case studies in sport science and medicine. CreateSpace.
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.
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).
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.

Presentations

Koshewa, L., Ebersole, K., Huddleston, W. E., & Earl-Boehm, J. E. (June 2019). Does Restricting Anterior Movement of the Knees During a Barbell Back Squat Alter Lower Extremity Biomechanics?. 71st NATA Clinical Symposia and AT Expo, Las Vegas, NV.
Cornell, D. J., Ganacinski, S. L., & Ebersole, K. (January 2019). Longitudinal changes in functional movement quality among firefighter recruits: An observational cohort study. American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting, Washington, DC.
Smith, E. K., Ebersole, K., Zander, R. A., Haischer, M. H., Kleiss, V. J., & Tesch, C. S. (2018). Comparing the Subjective and Objective Responses to Submaximal and Maximal Tasks in Firefighter Recruits (in review). American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL.
Ebersole, K. (September 2018). Fitness Level and Autonomic Nervous System Influence on Recovery in Firefighters. Warrior Research Center Summit, Auburn, AL.
Smith, E. K., Flees, R. J., Haischer, M. H., Tesch, C. S., & Ebersole, K. (July 2018). Exploring the Relationship Between Upper Extremity Assessments in Male Firefighter Recruits. National Strength & Conditioning Association Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN.
Zander, R. A., Cornell, D. J., Smith, E. K., Haischer, M. H., Flees, R. J., Tesch, C. S., & Ebersole, K. (July 2018). Stair Climb Performance Improvement in Firefighters Following Basic Physical Training. National Strength & Conditioning Association Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN.
Haischer, M. H., Smith, E. K., Flees, R. J., Tesch, C. S., & Ebersole, K. (July 2018). Body Fat Percentage and Stair Climb Performance in Firefighters. National Strength & Conditioning Association Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN.
Cornell, D. J., Gnacinski, S. L., & Ebersole, K. (June 2018). Longitudinal changes in dynamic balance ability among firefighter recruits: A multivariate analysis perspective. American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN.
Ebersole, K., Tesch, C. T., Flees, R. J., Haischer, M. H., Smith, E. K., & Cornell, D. J. (June 2018). Physical factors associated with tower stair climbing in firefighter recruits. American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN.
Koshewa, L., Huddleston, W. E., Ebersole, K., & Earl-Boehm, J. E. (May 2018). Does restricting anterior movement of the knees during a barball back squat alter lower extremity biomechanics?. UWM Partners for Health Spring Research Symposium, Milwaukee, WI.
Earl-Boehm, J. E., Poel, D., Zalewski, K. R., & Ebersole, K. (March 2018). The effects of military style ruck marching on lower extremity loading and exertion.. Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Meeting, Wheeling, IL.
Ebersole, K. (January 2018). Heart Rate Variability & Athlete Monitoring. Arizona State Athletic Trainers’ Association Meeting, Phoenix, AZ.
Ebersole, K. (September 2017). What Firefighters Have Taught Us About The Science Behind Their Job. Wisconsin Fire Chiefs Education Association Fall Conference, Fond Du Lac, WI.
Ebersole, K. (July 2017). The Firefighter 10: A corrective exercise program to improve functional movement in firefighters. Warrior Research Center Summit, Auburn, AL.
Cornell, D. J., & Ebersole, K. (July 2017). Influence of a corrective exercise program on functional movement quality among active-duty firefighters. National Strength and Conditioning Association National Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

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