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Department of Kinesiology

J. Luke Pryor, Ph.D., ATC, CSCS

Educational Background

  • PhD in Kinesiology, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
  • MS in Exercise Physiology, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY
  • BS in Health Science, Lock Haven University of PA, Lock Haven, PA


  • Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology
  • Director of Elite Athlete Performance, Central California Sports Sciences Institute
  • Medical and Science Advisory Board, Quest Diagnostics

Research Interests

  • Athlete safety and performance in the heat
  • Heat acclimation
  • Effects of heat and hydration on endurance performance and thermoregulation
  • Lower extremity injury prevention in youth athletes
  • Ergogenic aids in aerobic, anaerobic, and resistive exercise
  • Medical tent care at endurance events

Selected Publications

Pryor JL, Johnson EC, Del Favero J, Monteleone A, Armstrong LE, Rodriguez NR. Hydration status and sodium balance of endurance runners consuming post-exercise supplements with varying macronutrient contents. Int J Sport Nutr Exe Metab 25:471 - 479, 2015.

Johnson EC, Pryor JL, Casa DJ, Belval LN, Vance JS, DeMartini JK, Maresh CM, Armstrong LE. Bike and run pacing on downhill segments predict Ironman triathlon relative success. J Sci Med Sport 18(1):82-7, 2015.

Sanders K, Maresh CM, Ballard KD, Creighton BC, Pryor JL, Anderson JM, Kraemer WJ, Volek JS. Habitual exercise maintains endothelium-dependent dilation in overweight postmenopausal women. J Aging Phys Activ 23(1):40-6, 2015.

Kraemer WJ, Hooper D, Szivak T, Dunn-Lewis C, Comstock B, Flanagan S, Looney D, Sterczala A, DuPont W, Pryor JL, Luk H, Maladoungdock J, McDermott D, Volek J, Maresh CM.. The addition of beta-hydroxy-beta-methylbutyrate and isomaltulose to whey protein supplementation augments the recovery process. Am J Clin Nutr 2015. DOI: 10.1080/07315724.2014.938790.

Pryor JL, Huggins RA, Casa, DJ, Palmieri GA, Kraemer WJ, Maresh CM. A profile of a National Football League team. J Strength Cond Res 28(1):7-13, 2014.

Keller B, Pryor JL, Giloteaux, L. Inability of chronic fatigue syndrome patients to reproduce VO2max indicates functional impairment. J Transl Med 12:104, 2014. Over 6,500 views since 04/2014, designated as "Highly Accessed" – BioMed Central.

Maresh CM, Sokmen BD, Armstrong LE, Diaz JC, Pryor JL, Creighton BC, Munoz CX, Casa DJ, Apicella J, Kraemer WJ, Anderson JM, Lee EC. Repetitive box lifting performance is impaired in a hot environment: Implications for altered work-rest cycles. J Occup Environ Hyg 11(7):460-468, 2014.

Pryor JL, Swensen T, Craig SAS. The effect of betaine on cycle sprint performance. J Int Soc Sports Nutr 9:12, 2012.

Book Chapters

Creighton BC, Pryor JL, Judelson DA, and Casa DJ. The importance of hydration in high intensity intermittent sports. In Fluid Balance, Hydration, and Athletic Performance. Taylor & Francis Group. 2015

Pryor JL and Dempsey D. Should sodium be consumed either prior to or after endurance exercise for the prevention of exertional heat illnesses? Lopez RM, Ed. Quick Questions in Heat-Related Illness and Hydration: Expert Advice in Sports Medicine. SLACK Inc., Thorofare, NJ.

Pryor JL and Pryor RR. Should athletes still take rest breaks even if they have access to fluids throughout activity? Lopez RM, Ed. Quick Questions in Heat-Related Illness and Hydration: Expert Advice in Sports Medicine. SLACK Inc., Thorofare, NJ.

Pryor RR and Pryor JL. If you do not have a rectal probe for the proper assessment of body temperature, what should you do if you suspect an athlete has EHS? Lopez RM, Ed. Quick Questions in Heat-Related Illness and Hydration: Expert Advice in Sports Medicine. SLACK Inc., Thorofare, NJ.

Courses Taught

Kines 250 - Environmental Exercise Physiology
Kines 231 - Research Methods in Kinesiology
Kines 121 - Body Composition

Professional Organizations

American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
National Athletic Training Association (NATA)
National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
American Physiological Society (APS)

Quotes I Live By

"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together"
-African Proverb