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David J. Cornell


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David J. CornellAssistant Professor, UMOVE Center Researcher

Research Interests

Autonomic Nervous System Physiology & Function; Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention & Rehabilitation; Assessment of Dynamic Balance Ability & Functional Movement Quality; Human & Sport Performance Enhancement; Electro-Mechanical Muscle Function

Education

  • Other: Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), (2018), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee - Milwaukee, WI
  • Ph D: Health Sciences, (2016), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee - Milwaukee, WI
  • MS: Kinesiology, (2012), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee - Milwaukee, WI
  • BS: Exercise Science, (2010), Carroll University - Waukesha, WI

Biography

David J. Cornell, PT, DPT, PhD, CSCS, EP-C is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Kinesiology, and core faculty in the Health Assessment Laboratory, at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Dr. Cornell's community-engaged research agenda is concentrated on the optimization of health and human performance across various populations of interest, including: tactical operators (e.g., firefighters, police officers, etc.); elite athletes (e.g., professional athletes, collegiate student-athletes, etc.); occupational laborers (e.g., public works employees, etc.); and various clinical populations. To accomplish this agenda, Dr. Cornell leverages both laboratory and applied/clinical techniques to facilitate the investigation of musculoskeletal injury prevention programming, the non-invasive assessment of autonomic nervous system and electro-mechanical muscle function, and the enhancement of human health, fitness, and performance within these populations of interest. As a clinician-scientist, he is a licensed physical therapist (PT) and holds credentials as a Certified Exercise Physiologist (EP-C), a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), and as a certified Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator (TSAC-F). He is currently the Chair of the Education Committee of the Tactical Athlete Special Interest Group for the American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy (AASPT), and is active within the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) organizations.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Graduate Student Writing Award (2018) - American Kinesiology Association (AKA)
  • Challenge Scholarship (2017) - National Strength and Conditioning Association Foundation (NSCAF)
  • Distinguished Graduate Student Fellowship (2017) - University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Scholar (2016) - American College of Sports Medicine Midwest Regional Chapter (MWACSM)

Selected Publications

  • Cornell, D.J., Ebersole, K.T. (2018). Intra-rater test-retest reliability and response stability of the Fusionetics™ Movement Efficiency Test. International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy, 13(4) 618-632.
  • Cornell, D.J., Gnacinski, S.L., Meyer, B.B., Ebersole, K.T. (2017). Changes in measures of health and fitness in firefighter recruits: An observational cohort study. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 49(11) 2223-2233.
  • Cornell, D.J., Paxson, J.L., Caplinger, R.A., Seligman, J.R., Davis, N.A., Flees, R.J., Ebersole, K.T. (2017). 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.T. (2017). Measures of health, fitness, and functional movement among firefighter recruits. International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics, 23(2) 198-204.
  • Cornell, D.J., Paxson, J.L., Caplinger, R.A., Seligman, J.R., Davis, N.A., Ebersole, K.T. (2017). Resting heart rate variability among professional baseball starting pitchers. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 31(3) 575-581.
  • Gnacinski, S.L., Ebersole, K.T., Cornell, D.J., Mims, J., Zamzow, A., Meyer, B.B. (2016). Firefighters’ cardiovascular health and fitness: An assessment of heart rate recovery and maximal oxygen uptake training adaptations that occur during firefighter training academies. Work, 54(1) 43-50.
  • Gnacinski, S.L., Cornell, D.J., Meyer, B.B., Arvinen-Barrow, M., Earl-Boehm, J.E. (2016). Functional Movement Screen™ factorial validity and measurement invariance across sex among collegiate student-athletes. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 30(12) 3388-3395.
  • Cornell, D.J., Gnacinski, S.L., Zamzow, A., Mims, J., Ebersole, K.T. (2016). Influence of body mass index on movement efficiency among firefighter recruits. Work, 54(3) 679-687.

Selected Presentations

  • Influence of an online-delivered corrective exercise program on the functional movement quality of male career firefighters - National Strength and Conditioning Association National Conference, July 2020 - Las Vegas, NV
  • Influence of aerobic fitness on heart rate recovery among active-duty firefighters - American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, May 2020 - San Francisco, CA
  • Relationships between resting heart rate variability, maximal heart rate, and VO2peak among active-duty firefighters - American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, May 2020 - San Francisco, CA
  • Relationship between musculoskeletal injury risk assessments among career active-duty firefighters - American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting, February 2020 - Denver, CO
  • Relationship between gastrocnemius muscle length and single-leg balance ability among male career active-duty firefighters - National Strength and Conditioning Association National Conference, July 2019 - Washington, DC
  • Longitudinal changes in single-leg dynamic balance asymmetries among firefighter recruits: An observational cohort study - American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, May 2019 - Orlando, FL
  • Longitudinal changes in health, fitness, and musculoskeletal injury risk among firefighter recruits - Northeast Physical Therapy Symposium, April 2019 - Hartford, CT
  • Longitudinal changes in functional movement quality among firefighter recruits: An observational cohort study - American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting, January 2019 - Washington, DC
  • Fitness level and autonomic nervous system influence on recovery in firefighters - Tactical Athlete Human Factors Summit, September 2018 - Auburn, AL
  • Longitudinal changes in dynamic balance ability among firefighter recruits: A multivariate analysis perspective - American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, June 2018 - Minneapolis, MN
  • Physical factors associated with tower stair climbing in firefighter recruits - American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, June 2018 - Minneapolis, MN
  • Influence of a corrective exercise program on functional movement quality among active-duty firefighters - National Strength and Conditioning Association National Conference, July 2017 - Las Vegas, NV
  • Impact of a firefighter recruit training academy on movement quality and balance ability - American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, June 2017 - Denver, CO
  • Influence of gastrocnemius muscle length on overhead squat movement compensations among active-duty firefighters - American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, June 2017 - Denver, CO
  • Agreement between live and video methods of scoring the Functional Movement Screen - Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association Spring Conference, April 2017 - Green Bay, WI
  • Criterion validity of the Fusionetics Movement Efficiency Test in reference to the Functional Movement Screen among active-duty firefighters - American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting, February 2017 - San Antonio, TX
  • Influence of an acute bout of self-myofascial release on the expression of isometric knee extension force and electromyographic and mechanomyographic signals of the quadriceps musculature - International Society of Electromyography and Kinesiology XXI Congress, July 2016 - Chicago, IL
  • Inter-rater reliability of a movement efficiency test among the firefighter cadet population - American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, June 2016 - Boston, MA
  • Inter-rater response stability of a movement efficiency test among the firefighter cadet population - American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, June 2016 - Boston, MA
  • Influence of home and away starts on in-game heart rate responses among professional baseball starting pitchers - National Strength and Conditioning Association National Conference, July 2015 - Orlando, FL
  • Influence of pitching rotation day on resting heart rate variability among professional baseball starting pitchers - American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, May 2015 - San Diego, CA
  • Influence of firefighter recruit training programs on measures of health and fitness - Midwest Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, November 2014 - Merrillville, IN
  • Predicting “failing” Functional Movement Screen™ scores utilizing the Y-balance test among active firefighters and candidates - American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, May 2014 - Orlando, FL
  • Resting heart rate variability among professional baseball starting pitchers: Five case studies - College of Health Sciences Spring Research Symposium, May 2014 - Milwaukee, WI

Selected Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • A Garment-Embedded Physiological Monitoring Platform (2019), Contract - Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative (M2I2)
    Cornell, D.J. (Principal), Nagarajan, R. (Co-Investigator)
  • Relationships Between Allostatic Load, Cardiovascular Disease Risk, and Autonomic Nervous System Recovery Among Active-Duty Firefighters (2019), Grant - University of Massachusetts Lowell
    Cornell, D.J. (Principal), Bello, D. (Co-Investigator)
  • Influence of a Corrective Exercise Intervention on Movement in Firefighters (2015), Grant - National Strength and Conditioning Association Foundation (NSCAF)
    Cornell, D.J. (Principal), Ebersole, K.T. (Co-Principal)
  • Acute Effects of Self-Myofascial Release on Isometric Strength and Electro-Mechanical Aspects of Muscle Function (2014), Grant - University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
    Cornell, D.J. (Principal), Ebersole, K.T. (Co-Principal)