Trent J. Herda

School of Education - Health, Sport, & Exercise Sciences
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Exercise Physiology, University of Oklahoma
Primary office:
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).

Dr. Herda Specializes in exercise physiology, neuromuscular function, and nutritional supplementation.


Ph.D., Exercise Physiology, University of Oklahoma

M.S., Exercise Physiology, University of Oklahoma

B.S., Exercise Science, University of Sioux Falls


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.

Collaborators Include:

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

Research Interests

  • Neuromuscular Physiology

Selected Grants

, , Hawk Fitness Academy Dr. Herda created the Hawk Fitness Academy and currently serves as the Director of the 6 week exercise program ( 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., .

Selected Awards & Honors

Docking Faculty Scholar Award
University of Kansas
2013 - 2020

The Joyce Elaine Pauls Morgan Outstanding Teaching Award
University of Kansas
2015 - 2016

NSCA Challenge Scholarship
NSCA National Conference, Las Vegas, NV

NSCA Student Research Award
Oral. NSCA National Conference, Las Vegas, NV

Doctoral Student Research Award Recipient
Department of Health and Exercise Science, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK

G. Michael Sims Scholarship Award Recipient ($500)
Department of Health and Exercise Science, University of Oklahoma, Norman

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