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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

Earl-Boehm, J. E., Poel, D., Ebersole, K., & Zalewski, K. R. (2020, April (2nd Quarter/Spring)). The Effects of Military Style Ruck Marching on Lower Extremity Loading and Muscular, Physiological and Perceived Exertion in ROTC cadets. Ergonomics, 63(5), 629-638.
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.
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.
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.
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.

Presentations

Wahl, C. A., Marciniak, R. A., Tesch, C. S., Meyer, B. B., & Ebersole, K. T. (2020). Association Between Perceived Recovery and Heart Rate in a Submaximal and Maximal Task in Firefighters (in review). American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, San Francisco.
Marciniak, R. A., Wahl, C. A., Tesch, C. S., & Ebersole, K. T. (2020). Examination of Two Different Balance Tests in Active-Duty Firefighters (in review). American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, San Francisco.
Cornell, D. J., Flees, R. J., Noel, S. E., Shemelya, C. M., Zalewski, K. R., Meyer, B. B., & Ebersole, K. T. (2020). Influence of Aerobic Fitness on Heart Rate Recovery Among Active-Duty Firefighters (in review). American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, San Francisco.
Ebersole, K. T., Cornell, D. J., & Flees, R. J. (2020). Relationships Between Resting Heart Rate Variability, Maximal Heart Rate, And VO2peak Among Active Duty Firefighters (in review). American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, San Francisco.
Wahl, C., Marciniak, R., Meyer, B. B., & Ebersole, K. (2020). Influence of call volume on perceptions of stress and recovery in active-duty firefighters (in review). Association for Applied Sport Psychology Annual Conference, Orlando, FL.
Marciniak, R. A., Cornell, D. J., Smith, E. K., Tesch, C. S., & Ebersole, K. T. (July 2019). Influence of alarm type on heart rate response in firefighters. National Strength and Conditioning Association National Conference, Washington DC.
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?. 70th NATA Clinical Symposia and AT Expo, Las Vegas, NV.
Ebersole, K. (March 2019). Prepare – Perform – Recover: The Milwaukee Fire Approach. Denver Firefighter Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Consortium, Denver, CO.
Cornell, D. J., Gnacinski, 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.

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

Accessibility Resource Center Excellence Award (2019, May 10) UW-Milwaukee Accessibility Resource Center (ARC).
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