Paul Whitehead, MS, CSCS

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Graduate Student Researcher

3860 South Water St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203

pnw3@pitt.edu
412-246-0460

Paul is a doctoral student in the Sports Medicine program within the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to enrolling in the doctoral program, he received his master’s degree in Health and Sport Sciences from the University of Memphis, with a concentration in Exercise and Sport Science. There, he served as the Lab Coordinator of the Exercise Neuromechanics Laboratory, and his thesis work focused on the Physical Readiness Test of the United States Navy. Paul’s research interests include injury prevention and performance optimization in athletic and military populations, functional ankle instability, and neuromuscular control relating to lower extremity injury prevention.

Anticipated Graduation: 2016
 
Years at NMRL: 3
 
Previous Education:
 
BS in Journalism (2007)
University of Tennessee
 
MS in Health and Sport Science (2012)
University of Memphis
 
Current Certifications / Licensures:
 
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS); National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) (2010)
 
CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider (2010)
 
Previous Experience:
 
Lab Coordinator (2010-2012)
Exercise Neuromechanics Laboratory
University of Memphis
 
Strength and Conditioning Intern
University of Memphis Athletic Department
 
Research Interests:
 
- Role of footwear on postural stability, strength, and proprioception
- Injury prevention and performance optimization in athletic and military populations
- Functional ankle instability
- Neuromuscular control relating to lower extremity injury prevention
 
Current Projects:

- UPitt Warrior Human Performance Research Initiative
- UPitt Injury Prevention Initiative
- Variation in muscle activation patterns following ankle injection
- Effect of footwear during tests of dynamic postural stability
- Effect of minimalist footwear use on ankle musculature strength and dynamic postural stability in healthy, physically active adults

 
Publications:

Darnell ME, Whitehead PN, Heebner NR, Sell TC, Beals K. Effect of carbohydrate-electrolyte feeding on knee biomechanics and postural stability during intermittent high-intensity exercise to fatigue. Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise. In Preparation.

Whitehead PN, Nagai T, Abt JP, Sell TC, Allison KF. Stratification strategies for ability group training optimization for the Army Physical Fitness Test. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. In Preparation.

Whitehead PN, Sell TC, Lovalekar M, Heebner NR, Darnell ME, Abt JP, Lephart SM. Effect of minimalist footwear on dynamic postural stability in healthy male adults. Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise. In Preparation.

Akins JS, Whitehead PN, Heebner NR, Darnell ME, Lovalekar M, Sell TC. Comparison of laboratory and field maneuvers for ankle sprain injury prevention in football athletes.Journal of Sports Sciences. In Preparation.

Abt JP, Sell TC, Allison KF, Nagai T, Whitehead PN, McGrail MA, Lephart SM. Field and laboratory testing variance and application to daily physical training. Military Medicine. In Review.

Whitehead PN, Schilling BK, Stone MH, Kilgore JL, Chiu LZ. Snatch technique of United States national level weightlifters. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. In Review.

Whitehead PN, Schilling BK, Peterson DD, Weiss LW. Possible New Modalities for the Navy Physical Readiness Test. Military Medicine. 2012; 177(11): 1417-25.

Whitehead PN, Schilling BK, Farney TM, Bloomer RJ. Impact of a Dietary Supplement Containing 1,3-Dimethylamylamine on Blood Pressure and Bloodborne Markers of Health: a 10-Week Intervention Study. Nutrition and Metabolic Insights 2012:5 1-7.

Feldmann CR, Weiss LW, Schilling BK, Whitehead PN. Association of drop vertical jump displacement with select performance variables. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 2012 May; 26(5): 1215-25.

Farney TM, McCarthy CG, Canale RE, Schilling BK, Whitehead P, Bloomer RJ. Absence of blood oxidative stress in exercise-trained men following supra-physiologic bouts of acute exercise. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 2012 Apr 19. [Epub ahead of print]

 
Presentations (posters and platform):

Whitehead PN, Sell TC, Lovalekar M, Heebner NR, Abt JP, Lephart SM (2015). Better dynamic postural stability while wearing minimalist footwear in physically-active male adults. International Journal of Exercise Science: Conference Proceedings. Vol. 9: Iss 3, Article 93. Presented at: Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (MARC-ACSM) 37th Annual Scientific Meeting – 2014; October 31, 2014; Harrisburg, PA.

Feldmann CR, Weiss LW, Schilling BK, Whitehead PN. Association of drop vertical jump displacement and select jumping performance. Presented at the National Strength & Conditioning Association 2011 Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV.

Feldmann CR, Weiss LW, Schilling BK, Whitehead PN. Stability reliability and precision of select jumping performance variables and indicies. Presented at the National Strength & Conditioning Association 2011 Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV.

Honors / Awards:
 
Freddie H. Fu, MD Dissertation Research Award (2015)
University of Pittsburgh

Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine Doctoral Student Investigator Award (2014)

Freddie H. Fu, MD Graduate Research Award (2014)
University of Pittsburgh
 
Freddie H. Fu, MD Graduate Research Award (2013)
University of Pittsburgh
 
Meritorious Achievement Award in Skeletal Muscle Mechanics and Physiology (2012)
Graduate Program in Exercise and Sport Science
University of Memphis    
 
Graduate Research Assistantship (2010-2012)
Department of Health and Sport Sciences
University of Memphis           
 
Senior Journalist of the Year (2007)
University of Tennessee