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Primary Interest: Research that generally focuses on the optimal measurement and evaluation of physical function and performance with specific interests in areas related to muscle metabolism & function, muscle fatigue, adaptations to exercise, and body composition in individuals with Multiple Sclerosis.
Secondary Interest: The optimal measurement and evaluation of physical function and performance in those participating in a range of competitive athletics.
Our laboratory utilizes a broad range of measurement tools and techniques to evaluate body composition, clinical neurophysiology, physiological responses to exercise, and functional performance, including but not limited to: DEXA (body composition/bone density), Hydrostatic weighing (body composition), BodPod (body composition), Ultrasound (body composition), KinCom (muscular strength and endurance), Parvo Metabolic cart (cardiorespiratory function), Lode ergometers, Treadmill (physical function), ECG (cadiac function), EMG (neurological activation of the muscles) , and NIRS (oxygen saturation of the muscles).
Farrell III, J. W., Lantis, D. J., Ade, C. J., Cantrell, G. S., and Larson, R. D. (2018) Cardiorespiratory adaptations in response to endurance training when supplemented with high repetition low resistance training. Journal of Strength and Conditioning (in press).
Lantis, D. J., Farrell, J. W. Cantrell, G. S., and Larson, R. D. (2017) Eight weeks of high volume resistance training improves onset of blood lactate in trained individuals. Journal of Strength and Conditioning 31: 2176-2182.
Larson, R. D., Cantrell, G. S., Ade, C. J., Farrell III, J., Lantis, D. L., Barton, M. A., and Larson, D. J. (2015) Physiological responses to two distinct maximal cardiorespiratory exercise protocols. Int. J. Sports Exerc. Med. 1: 3.
Larson, R. D., Misic, M., and Evan, E. M. (2015) Association of adiposity and muscle quality with physical function differs in young and old women. Menopause 22: 337-341.
Pryor, W. M., Freeman, K. G., Larson, R. D., Edwards, G. L., and White, L. J. (2015) Chronic exercise confers neuroprotection in experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis. J. Neurosci. Res. 93: 697-706.
Larson, R. D., McCully, K. K., Larson, D. J., Pryor, W. M., and White, L. J. (2014) Lower limb performance disparities: Implications for exercise prescription in multiple sclerosis. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development 51: 1537-1544.
Larson, R. D. (2013) Psychometric properties of the modified fatigue impact scale. International Journal of MS Care 15: 15-20.
Larson, R. D., Pryor, W. M., Larson, D. J., McCully, K. K., and White, L. J. (2013) Bilateral differences in individuals with multiple sclerosis. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development 50: 215-222.
Larson, R. D., Larson, D. L., Baumgartner, T., and White, L. J. (2013) Repeatability of the timed 25-foot walk test for individuals with multiple sclerosis. Clinical Rehabilitation 27: 719-723.
Larson, R. D. and White, L. J. (2011) Asymmetrical hip bone density in multiple sclerosis. International Journal of MS Care 13: 43-47.