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Christopher Black

Christopher D. Black

Assistant Professor, Health and Exercise ScienceSensory and Muscle Function Laboratory 1401 Asp Avenue, #110 SFC 706-255-3750 Ph.D., Exercise Physiology - University of Georgia, Athens, 2007


My primary research interests cover two distinct, but related areas. First, I am interested in the role of exercise and daily physical activity in acute and chronic changes in pain sensitivity and endogenous pain inhibitory function. As part of this work we employ multiple exercise modalities (running, biking, resistance training, etc.) in an attempt to elucidate the optimum exercise type, duration, and intensity for providing pain relief. My second interest is in elucidating causes of exercise-induced muscle damage and determining its impact on aerobic exercise performance. My secondary interests are broadly concerned with neuromuscular function (e.g. how the nervous system controls muscle contractions and force production) and how it can be impacted by acute and chronic pain, muscle damage, and exercise training. In an effort to better understand the impact of pain and alterations in nervous system function on neuromuscular function we have tested the effects of analgesic (pain relieving) drugs such as caffeine as well as supplements such as carbohydrate containing beverages on neuromuscular function and exercise performance.

Selected Publications:

Hight, R. E., Quarshie, A. T., and Black, C. D. (2018) Voluntary muscle activation and evoked V-wave responses as a function of torque. J. Electromyogr. Kinesiol. 41: 1-8.

Janzen, N. R., Hight, R. E., Patel, D. S., Campbell, J. A., Larson, R. D., and Black, C. D. (2018)Estimation of critical end-test torque using neuromuscular electrical stimulation of the quadriceps in humans. Eur. J. Appl. Physiol. 118: 1407-1414.

Hight, R., Beck, T. W., Bemben, D. A., and Black, C .D. (2017) Adaptations in antagonist co-activation: Role in the repeated-bout effect. PLoS One 12(12).

Szczyglowski, M., Ade, C. J., Campbell, J. A., and Black, C. D. (2017) The effects of exercise-induced muscle damage on critical torque. Eur. J. Appl. Physiol. 117: 2225-2236.

Black, C. D., Huber, J. K., Ellingson, L., Ade, C. J., Taylor, E. L., Griffeth, E. M. Jansen, N. R., and Sutterfield, S. L. (2017) Relationship among activity levels and activity type on pain sensitivity in college-aged females. Med. Sci. Sports Exerc. 49: 975-982.

Black, C. D., Tynes, B. K., Gonglach, A. R., and Waddell, D. E. (2016) Local and generalized endogenous pain modulation in healthy men: Effects of exercise and exercise-induced muscle damage. Pain Med. 17: 2422-2433.

Gonglach, A. R., Ade, C. J., Bemben, M. G., Larson, R. D., Black, C. D. (2016) Muscle pain as a regulator of cycling time-trial pacing: Effects of caffeine ingestion. Med. Sci. Sports Exerc. 48: 287-296.

Black, C. D., Waddell, D. E., and Gonglach, A. R. (2015) Caffeine’s ergogenic effects on cycling neuromuscular and perceptual factors. Med. Sci. Sports Exerc. 47: 1145-1158.

Black, C. D., Herring M. P., Hurley D. J., and O’Connor, P. J. (2010) Ginger supplementation attenuates muscle pain and dysfunction induced eccentric exercise. J. Pain 11: 894-903.

Black, C. D. and McCully, K. K. (2008) Muscle injury after repeated bouts of voluntary and electrically stimulated exercise. Med. Sci. Sports Exerc. 40: 1605-1615.