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David J. Cornell


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David J. CornellAssistant Professor

Research Interests

Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention & Rehabilitation; Autonomic Nervous System Function; 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’s community-based research agenda is concentrated on the optimization of human performance across various populations of interest, including: elite athletes (e.g., professional athletes, collegiate student-athletes, etc.); tactical athletes (e.g., firefighters, police officers, etc.); and occupational laborers (e.g., public works employees, etc.). To accomplish this agenda, he 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 Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and as a Certified Exercise Physiologist (EP-C). He is currently the Chair of the Student Affairs Committee of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and is active within the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) 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 pp. 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 pp. 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 pp. 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 pp. 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 pp. 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 pp. 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 pp. 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 pp. 679-687

Selected Presentations

  • 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 - 2019 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

  • 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-Principal)
  • 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)