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Biography
Jose M. Palao is an Assistant Professor of Health, Exercise Science, and Sport Management. He is originally from Cartagena, Spain. Dr. Palao completed his licensure as well as his doctorate in Physical Activity and Sport at the University of Granada. After completing his dissertation in 2001, he worked as an assistant professor, associate professor, and a professor at the Catholic University of Saint Anthony, the University of Alcala, and the University of Murcia in Spain until 2015. He has carried out research visits at the University of Porto (Portugal), the University of Northern Iowa, and Iowa State University (as a visiting scholar). Dr. Palao has published more than 150 peer-reviewed articles, several text manuals, and scientific monographs, and he has directed more than 20 dissertations and master’s theses. In 2006, he was named a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University of Northern Iowa, and in 2010, he was granted the Best Research Study distinction by the XXIX Sports Awards of the Region of Murcia (Spain). The Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation has twice recognized his research done in six-year periods (2002-2007 and 2008-2013). He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association and has Level 4 Accreditation for Performance Analysts by the International Society of Performance Analysis of Sport.
Teaching, Research/Creative & Consulting Interests

Teaching Interests

Dr. Palao’s teaching interests are focused on creating situations that allow students to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in class in the lab activities or projects. His classes involve the use of technology, such as cameras, radars, photocells, inertial sensors, force platforms, online software, etc., to study human movement and to work collaboratively.

Research Interests

Dr. Palao’s research and work area focus on how to transfer information and work protocols between academics and professionals working in the field as well as the study of the aspects that affect performance, training, and coaching in sport (sport analytics, performance indicators at different levels of competition and age groups, specific strength training, etc.).

Consulting Interests

Dr. Palao has experience as a track and field coach and an indoor volleyball coach. He has coached volleyball teams at the club, college, and professional levels in Spain. Further, he has provided scientific support for athletes and teams (professional volleyball teams, track & field athletes, soccer teams, beach volleyball teams, and a rugby team).
Publications
Selected Publications

2016: Correlation between ball speed of the spike and the strength condition of a professional women’s volleyball team during the season, Kinesiology (87-94 pp.)

2016: Collegiate coaches’ knowledge of the female athlete triad in relation to sport type, The Journal of sports medicine and physical fitness (287-94 pp.)

2015: Physical actions and work-rest time in women’s beach volleyball, International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport (424–429 pp.)

2015: Skill efficacy in men’s beach volleyball, International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport (125–134 pp.)

2014: Game statistical system and criteria used by Spanish volleyball coaches, International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport (564–573 pp.)

2014: Kinematic, strength, and stiffness adaptations after a short-term sled towing training in athletes, Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports (279–290 pp.)

2009: Determining the optimal load for resisted sprint training with sled towing, The Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research (480-485 pp.)

2009: Testing protocol for monitoring spike and serve speed in volleyball, Strength & Conditioning Journal (47-51 pp.)

2008: Effects of three types of resisted sprint training devices on the kinematics of sprinting at maximum velocity, The Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research (890-897 pp.)

Courses Taught

Spring 2018

HESM 353 BIOMECHANICS
HESM 353 BIOMECHANICS
HESM 353 BIOMECHANICS
HESM 498 FIELDWORK IN EXERCISE SCIENCE
HESM 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
HESM 494 INTERNSHIP
HESM 425 PROGRAM DESIGN&EXERCISE TECHN
HESM 350 RESEARCH METHODS EXERCISE SCI

Winterim 2018

HESM 498 FIELDWORK IN EXERCISE SCIENCE
HESM 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
HESM 494 INTERNSHIP

Fall 2017

HESM 353 BIOMECHANICS
HESM 353 BIOMECHANICS
HESM 353 BIOMECHANICS
HESM 498 FIELDWORK IN EXERCISE SCIENCE
HESM 410 FITNESS ASSESSMT & PRESCRIPTN
HESM 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
HESM 494 INTERNSHIP
HESM 458 SPORTS ANALYTICS
HESM 658 SPORTS ANALYTICS

Summer 2017

HESM 498 FIELDWORK IN EXERCISE SCIENCE
HESM 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
HESM 494 INTERNSHIP

Spring 2017

HESM 353 BIOMECHANICS
HESM 353 BIOMECHANICS
HESM 353 BIOMECHANICS
HESM 498 FIELDWORK IN EXERCISE SCIENCE
HESM 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
HESM 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
HESM 494 INTERNSHIP
HESM 425 PROGRAM DESIGN&EXERCISE TECHN
HESM 350 RESEARCH METHODS EXERCISE SCI

Winterim 2017

HESM 498 FIELDWORK IN EXERCISE SCIENCE
HESM 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY

Fall 2016

HESM 353 BIOMECHANICS
HESM 353 BIOMECHANICS
HESM 353 BIOMECHANICS
HESM 498 FIELDWORK IN EXERCISE SCIENCE
HESM 410 FITNESS ASSESSMT & PRESCRIPTN
HESM 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
HESM 494 INTERNSHIP
HESM 270 LIFETIME WELLNESS
HESM 489 SPECIAL TOPICS-SPORT MANAGEMNT

Summer 2016

HESM 498 FIELDWORK IN EXERCISE SCIENCE
HESM 498 FIELDWORK IN EXERCISE SCIENCE
HESM 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
HESM 494 INTERNSHIP

Spring 2016

HESM 353 BIOMECHANICS
HESM 353 BIOMECHANICS
HESM 353 BIOMECHANICS
HESM 498 FIELDWORK IN EXERCISE SCIENCE
HESM 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
HESM 425 PROGRAM DESIGN&EXERCISE TECHN
HESM 350 RESEARCH METHODS EXERCISE SCI

Winterim 2016

HESM 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY

Fall 2015

HESM 353 BIOMECHANICS
HESM 353 BIOMECHANICS
HESM 353 BIOMECHANICS
HESM 498 FIELDWORK IN EXERCISE SCIENCE
HESM 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
HESM 280 SPORT AND FITNESS NUTRITION
HESM 250 SPORT SAFETY TRAIN COACHES

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