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Assistant Professor of Exercise Physiology, Mississippi State University

Zachary Gillen's areas of research include Pediatric Exercise Science, Muscle Strength and Power, Neuromuscular Function, Muscle Size, and Exercise Metabolism.

Experience

  • 2020–present
    Assistant Professor of Exercise Physiology, Mississippi State University
  • 2016–2020
    Doctoral Research Assistant, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • 2015–2016
    Performance Specialist, DX3 Athlete
  • 2015–2016
    Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach, Trinity Christian Academy
  • 2013–2015
    Graduate Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach, Midwestern State University
  • 2012–2013
    Intern Strength and Conditioning Coach, Midwestern State University

Education

  • 2020 
    University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Ph.D. Exercise Physiology & Nutrition
  • 2015 
    Midwestern State University, M.S. Exercise Physiology
  • 2013 
    Midwestern State University, B.S. Exercise Physiology

Publications

  • 2021
    Comparisons of countermovement jump force profiles in youth athletes, Translational Sports Medicine
  • 2021
    Effects of eccentric preloading on concentric vertical jump performance in young female athletes, Journal of Science in Sport and Exercise
  • 2021
    Comparisons of muscle strength, size, and activation in pre- and post-pubescent males and females, European Journal of Applied Physiology
  • 2021
    Impact of slow versus rapid digesting carbohydrates on substrate oxidation in pre-pubertal children: A randomized crossover trial, Clinical Nutrition
  • 2020
    Test-retest reliability of static and counter-movement power push-ups tests in 6-16-year-old male athletes, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
  • 2020
    Comparing the torque- and power-velocity relationships between children and adolescents during isokinetic leg extension muscle actions, Human Movement Science
  • 2020
    High prevalence of poor iron status among 8 to 16-year-old youth athletes: Interactions among biomarkers of iron, dietary intakes, and biological maturity, Journal of the American College of Nutrition
  • 2020
    Normative reference values for high school-aged American football players: Pro-agility drill and 40-yard dash split times, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
  • 2020
    Normative reference values for high school-aged American football players, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
  • 2020
    Influences of the stretch-shortening cycle and arm swing on vertical jump performance in children and adolescents, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
  • 2020
    Peak torque explains more unique variability in growth measurements than rate of torque development in youth athletes, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
  • 2020
    Leg extension strength, explosive strength, muscle activation, and growth as predictors of vertical jump height and peak power in youth athletes, Journal of Science in Sport and Exercise
  • 2020
    Endogenous versus exogenous carbohydrate oxidation measured by stable isotopes in pre-pubescent children plus 13C abundances in foods consumed three days prior, Metabolism Open
  • 2019
    State population influences athletic performance combine test scores in high school-aged American football players, International Journal of Exercise Science
  • 2019
    Performance differences between National Football League and high school American football combine participants, Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport
  • 2019
    Muscle strength, size, and neuromuscular function before and during adolescence, European Journal of Applied Physiology
  • 2019
    Sex-specific relationships among iron status biomarkers, athletic performance, maturity, and dietary intakes in pre-adolescent and adolescent athletes, Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition
  • 2019
    Effects of eccentric preloading on concentric vertical jump performance in youth athletes, Journal of Applied Biomechanics
  • 2019
    Effects of sports nutrition education on athletic performance and iron status in high school-aged youth athletes, Journal of Clinical Nutrition and Food Science
  • 2018
    Anthropometric and athletic performance combine test results among positions within grade levels of high school-aged American football players, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
  • 2018
    Stature, body mass, and BMI in high school American football players: Appropriate determinants of obesity prevalence?, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
  • 2018
    Test-retest reliability and concurrent validity of athletic performance combine tests in 6-15-year old male athletes, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
  • 2018
    Reliability and sensitivity of the power push-up test for upper-body strength and power in 6-15-year old male athletes, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
  • 2016
    The relationship between aerobic and anaerobic performance in recreational runners, International Journal of Exercise Science

Professional Memberships

  • National Strength and Conditioning Association
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • Southeast Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine
  • United States of America Weightlifting