Dr. Zachary M. Gillen

Department / Division:

Title:

  • Assistant Professor

Contact:

Email: zmg43@msstate.edu

Department of Kinesiology
McCarthy 2236

Education

  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Ph.D., 2020, Exercise Physiology & Nutrition)
  • Midwestern State University (M.S., 2015, Exercise Physiology)
  • Midwestern State University (B.S., 2013, Exercise Physiology)

Areas of Research

  • Pediatric Exercise Science
  • Muscle Strength and Power
  • Neuromuscular Function
  • Muscle Size
  • Exercise Metabolism

Areas of Teaching

  • Exercise Physiology
  • Advanced Exercise Physiology
  • Research in Kinesiology
  • Training Techniques for Exercise and Sport

Recent Publications

  • Gillen ZM, Shoemaker ME, McKay BD, Bohannon NA, Gibson SM, Cramer JT. Leg extension strength, explosive strength, muscle activation, and growth as predictors of vertical jump height and peak power in youth athletes. Journal of Science in Sport and Exercise, Online, 2020.
  • Gillen ZM, Shoemaker ME, McKay BD, Bohannon NA, Gibson SM, Cramer JT. Peak torque explains more unique variability in growth measurements than rate of torque development in youth athletes. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, Epub ahead of print, 2020.
  • Gillen ZM, Shoemaker ME, McKay BD, Bohannon NA, Gibson SM, Cramer JT. Influences of the stretch-shortening cycle and arm swing on vertical jump performance in children and adolescents. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, Epub ahead of print, 2020.
  • McKay BD, Miramonti AA, Gillen ZM, Leutzinger TJ, Mendez AI, Jenkins NDM, Cramer JT. Normative reference values for high school-aged American football players. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, Epub ahead of print, 2020.
  • Bohannon NA, Gillen ZM, Shoemaker ME, Gibson SM, Cramer JT. Test-retest reliability of static and counter-movement power push-ups tests in 6-16-year-old male athletes. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, Epub ahead of print, 2020.
  • McKay BD, Miramonti AA, Gillen ZM, Leutzinger TJ, Mendez AI, Jenkins NDM, Cramer JT. Normative reference values for high school-aged American football players: Pro-agility drill and 40-yard dash split times. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 34(4): 1184-1187, 2020.
  • Shoemaker ME, Gillen ZM, McKay BD, Fisher JA, Hansen C, Bohannon NA, Gibson SM, Koehler K, Cramer JT. Effects of sports nutrition education on athletic performance and iron status in high school-aged youth athletes. Journal of Clinical Nutrition and Food Science, In press, 2019.
  • Gillen ZM, Jahn LE, Shoemaker ME, McKay BD, Mendez AI, Bohannon NA, Cramer JT. Effects of eccentric pre-loading on concentric vertical jump performance in youth athletes. Journal of Applied Biomechanics, 35(5): 327-335, 2019.
  • Shoemaker ME, Gillen ZM, McKay BD, Bohannon NA, Gibson SM, Cramer JT. Sex-specific relationships among iron status biomarkers, athletic performance, maturity, and dietary intakes in pre-adolescent and adolescent athletes. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, 16(1): 42, 2019.
  • Shoemaker ME, Gillen ZM, McKay BD, Koehler K, Cramer JT. High prevalence of poor iron status among 8 to 16-year-old youth athletes: Interactions among biomarkers of iron, dietary intakes, and biological maturity. Journal of the American College of Nutrition, 24: 1-8, 2019.
  • Gillen ZM, Shoemaker ME, McKay BD, Bohannon NA, Gibson SM, Cramer JT. Muscle strength, size, and neuromuscular function before and during adolescence. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 119(7): 1619-1632, 2019.
  • Gillen ZM, Shoemaker ME, McKay BD, Cramer JT. Performance differences between National Football League and high school American football combine participants. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 22: 1-7, 2019.
  • Gillen ZM, Shoemaker ME, McKay BD, Cramer JT. State population influences athletic performance combine test scores in high school-aged American football players. International Journal of Exercise Science, 12(6): 256-262, 2019.
  • Mendez AI, Miramonti AA, Gillen ZM, McKay BD, Leutzinger TJ, Cramer JT. Stature, body mass, and BMI in high school American football players: appropriate determinants of obesity prevalence? Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 32(11): 3119-3126, 2018.
  • Gillen ZM, Miramonti AA, McKay BD, Leutzinger TJ, Cramer JT. Test-retest reliability and concurrent validity of athletic performance combine tests in 6-15-year old male athletes. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 32(10): 2783-2794, 2018.
  • Leutzinger TJ, Gillen ZM, Miramonti AA, McKay BD, Mendez AI, Cramer JT. Anthropometric and athletic performance combine test results among positions within grade levels of high school-aged American football players. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 32(5): 1288-1296, 2018.
  • Gillen ZM, Miramonti AA, McKay BD, Jenkins NDM, Leutzinger TJ, Cramer JT. Reliability and sensitivity of the power push-up test for upper-body strength and power in 6-15-year old male athletes. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 32(1): 83-96, 2018.
  • Gillen ZM, Wyatt FB, Winchester JB, Smith DA, Ghetia V. The relationship between aerobic and anaerobic performance in recreational runners. International Journal of Exercise Science, 9(5): 625-634, 2016.

Professional Affiliations

  • National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
  • United States of America Weightlifting (USAW)