Brock Symons

Brock Symons
Assistant Professor
Department of Health & Sport Sciences
Room 105D - SAC E
tbsymo01 @

Dr. Symons' curriculum vitae [PDF]

Dr. Symons has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Exercise Physiology, Anatomy and Physiology, and Gerontology. His research interests include the investigation of neuromuscular performance and contractile properties during muscle contractions in both young and elderly. Restoration of skeletal muscle function, the enhancement of functional daily performance, and the preservation of lean body mass through the promotion of skeletal muscle anabolism. Models used to study these factors include aging, fatigue, nutritional supplementation, and resistance exercise.

Academic Background

  • Post-doc. Division of Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Texas Medical Branch
  • Ph.D. Exercise Physiology, University of Western Ontario
  • M.S. Kinesiology and Health Promotion, University of Kentucky
  • B.H.K. Movement Science, University of Windsor

Teaching Areas

  • Exercise Physiology
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology

Research Areas

  • Neuromuscular Performance and Adaptation
  • Restoration of Skeletal Muscle Function
  • Nutritional Interventions

Recent Publications

Burtch AR, Ogle BT, Sims PA, Harms CA, Symons TB, Folz RJ, Zavorsky GS. Controlled Frequency Breathing Reduces Inspiratory Muscle Fatigue. J Strength Cond Res. 31:1273-1281, 2017

Martin JL, Perry RA, Baptista RA, McArtor JD, Clutter LB, Symons TB, Terson de Paleville D, Roberts A, Cesarz G, Caruso JF. Workload impact on gender-based differences in delta blood lactate concentrations from supramaximal exercise. Isok. and Exerc. Sci. 24:181-187, 2016.

Sanders GD, Nitz AJ, Abel MG, Symons TB, Shapiro R, Black WS, Yates JW. Effects of Lumbosacral Manipulation on Isokinetic Strength of the Knee Extensors and Flexors in Healthy Subjects: A Randomized, Controlled, Single-Blind Crossover Trial. J Chiropr Med. 14:240-8, 2015.

Pawlak R, Classey JL, Palmer T, Symons TB, Abel MG. The effect of a novel tactical training program on physical fitness and occupational performance in firefighters. J Strength Cond Res. 29:578-88,2015.

Srikuea R, Symons TB, Long DL, Lee JD, Shang Y, Chomentowski PJ, Yu G, Crofford LJ, and Peterson CA. Association of fibromyalgia with altered skeletal muscle characteristics which may contribute to postexertional fatigue in postmenopausal women. Arthritis and Rheumatism. 65:519-528,2013.