Trent J. Herda

Assistant Professor
Primary office:
785-864-2224
Robinson Health and Physical Education Center
Room 101BE
University of Kansas
1301 Sunnyside Avenue
Lawrence, KS 66045-7567


Trent J. Herda, Ph.D., is an assistant professor and is currently the Director of the Neuromechanics Laboratory and the Hawk Fitness Academy. Dr. Herda completed his doctoral work in exercise physiology at the University of Oklahoma under the mentorship of Dr. Joel Cramer. Dr. Herda received his BS (2005) degree in exercise science from the University of Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and MS (2007) degree from the University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, in exercise physiology. Dr. Herda is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

Research

Research Interest(s)

Dr. Herda’s research interests include the noninvasive assessment of muscle function with surface electromyography (EMG) and mechanomyography (MMG) and the effects of aging, vibration, and passive stretching on neuromuscular function and the recruitment and firing rate behavior of motor units. Specifically, his primary focus is on the influence of myosin heavy chain isoform expression, exercise training modalities, and proprioceptive function on motor unit behavior. In addition, Dr. Herda is researching the effects of childhood obesity on neuromuscular function. He has published over 60 peer reviewed scientific articles in journals such as Acta Physiologica, Journal of Neurophysiology, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Muscle and Nerve.

Hawk Fitness Academy

Dr. Herda created the Hawk Fitness Academy and currently serves as the Director of the 6 week exercise program (Hawkfit.org). The youth (5 – 10 years of age) exercise program is designed to improve strength, coordination, and cardiovascular health. Children learn and perform exercise skills that will build confidence and will make it easier to continue exercise during preadolescence to adulthood.

Research Interests

  • Neuromuscular Physiology

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D., Exercise Physiology, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, 2011
  • M.S., Exercise Physiology, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, 2007
  • B.S., Exercise Science, University of Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, 2005

Specialization(s)

Exercise Physiology, Neuromuscular Function, and Nutritional Supplementation

Awards/Honors

  • Docking Young Faculty Scholar, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS.
  • NSCA Student Research Award, NSCA National Conference, Las Vegas, NV.
  • NSCA Challenge Scholarship, NSCA National Conference, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Doctoral Student Research Award Recipient. Department of Health and Exercise Science, University of Oklahoma, Norman
  • G. Michael Sims Scholarship Award Recipient. Department of Health and Exercise Science, University of Oklahoma, Norman

Research Interest(s)

Dr. Herda’s research interests include the noninvasive assessment of muscle function with surface electromyography (EMG) and mechanomyography (MMG) and the effects of aging, vibration, and passive stretching on neuromuscular function and the biomechanical properties of the muscle-tendon unit.  Currently, his primary focus is on the development of a noninvasive model to distinguish muscle fiber typing and the decomposition of surface EMG signals into single motor unit action potentials.  In addition, Dr. Herda investigates the effects of nutritional supplementation on anabolic biomarkers (i.e. rapamycin pathway [mTOR]), body composition, sport and functional performance across the lifespan. He has published over 40 peer reviewed articles in journals such Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Muscle and Nerve, European Journal of Applied Physiology, Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, and Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology.

Collaborators

  • Dr. Joel T. Cramer, Oklahoma State University, Applied Musculoskeletal and Human Physiology Research Laboratory
  • Dr. Eric D. Ryan, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, Neuromuscular Research Laboratory
  • Dr. Pablo B. Costa, California State University – Sab Bernardino, Human Performance Laboratory
  • Dr. Terry J. Housh, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Exercise Physiology Laboratory

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