Kevin Ballard

Kevin Ballard

Assistant Professor

Area: Exercise Science
Office: 27 Phillips Hall

Degrees: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Connecticut, Nutritional Sciences
Ph.D., University of Connecticut, Kinesiology
M.S., University of Louisville, Exercise Physiology
B.S., University of Louisville, Health and Human Performance

Curriculum Vitae

Scholarly Interests:
Dr. Ballard’s research interests include investigating the impact of exercise and/or dietary strategies on vascular function, oxidative stress, and cardiometabolic risk in healthy and clinical populations.

Courses Taught:
KNH 453/553: Physiology of Endurance and Resistance Training
KNH 453/553: Strength Training and Conditioning
KNH 468/568: Physiology of Exercise and Physical Activity

Certifications and Honors:
National Strength and Conditioning Association
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
Fellow, American College of Sports Medicine

Recent Publications:
Ballard, K.D., Duguid, R.M., Berry, C.W., Dey, P., Bruno, R.S., Ward, R.M., Timmerman, K.L. Effects of Prior Aerobic Exercise on Sitting-Induced Vascular Dysfunction in Healthy Men. European Journal of Applied Physiology. 117(2):2509-2518, 2017.

Taylor, B.A., Zaleski, A.L., Ballard, K.D., Panza, G.A., Fernandez, A.B., Corso, L., Pescatello, L.S., Baggish, A.L., Troyanos, C., and Thompson, P.D. Compression Socks Worn During Flight and Hemostatic Balance in Boston Marathon Runners on Oral Contraceptives. Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine. 2017 Jul 21 [Epub ahead of print].

Zhong, F., Xu, M., Bruno, R.S., Ballard, K.D., and Zhu, J. Targeted HPLC-MS/MS Metabolomics Differentiates Metabolic Syndrome from Obesity. Experimental Biology and Medicine. 242(7):773-780, 2017.

Ballard, K.D., Gregory, S.M., Taylor, B.A., Thompson, P.D. Short-Term Cessation of Statin Therapy Does Not Alter Aerobic Exercise Performance in Physically Active Older Adults. The Physician and Sportsmedicine. 44(1):63-7, 2016.

Ballard, K.D. and Bruno R.S. Protective Role of Dairy and its Constituents on Vascular Function Independent of Blood Pressure-Lowering Activities. Nutrition Reviews. 73(1):36-50, 2015.

Zaleski, A.L., Ballard, K.D., Panza, G.P., Kupchak, B.R., Dada, M.R., Roman W., Thompson, P.D., Taylor, B.A. The Effect of Compression Socks on Deep Vein Thrombosis Risk in Marathon Runners. The Physician and Sportsmedicine. 43(4):336-41, 2015.

Sanders, K., Maresh, C.M., Ballard, K.D., Creighton, B.C., Pryor, J.L., Kraemer, W.J., Volek, J.S., Anderson, J.M. Habitual Exercise May Maintain Endothelium-Dependent Dilation in Overweight Postmenopausal Women. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity. 23(1):40-46, 2015.

Taylor, B.A., Zaleski, A.L., Capizzi, J.A., Ballard, K.D., Troyanos, C., Baggish, A.L., D’Hemecourt, P.A., Dada, M., Thompson, P.D. Influence of Chronic Exercise on Carotid Atherosclerosis in Marathon Runners. BMJ Open. 4(2):e004498, 2014.

Ballard, K.D., Quann, E.E., Kupchak, B.R., Volk, B.M., Kawiecki, D.M., Fernandez, M.L., Seip, R.L., Kraemer, W.J., Maresh, C.M., Volek, J.S. Dietary Carbohydrate Restriction Improves Blood Pressure, Microvascular Function, and Cellular Adhesion Molecules in Individuals Taking Statins. Nutrition Research. 33(11):905-912, 2013.

Ballard, K.D., Mah, E., Guo, Y., Pei, R., Volek, J.S., Bruno, R.S. Low-Fat Milk Ingestion Prevents Postprandial Hyperglycemia-Mediated Impairments in Vascular Endothelial Dysfunction in Obese Individuals with Metabolic Syndrome. Journal of Nutrition. 143(10):1602-1610, 2013.

Book Chapters:
Armstrong, L.E., Ganio, M.S., and Ballard, K.D. Considerations for Exercise in Stressful Environments: Hot, Cold, High Altitude and Polluted Air. In: American College of Sports Medicine’s Clinical Exercise Physiology, 1st edition. Thompson, W.R. (Ed.). Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore, MD, 2018.

Volek, J.S., Ballard, K.D., and Forsythe, C.E. An Overview of Creatine Metabolism. In: Essentials of Creatine in Sports and Health. Stout, J.R., Antonio, J., Kalman, D. (Eds.) Humana Press, Totowa, NJ, 2007.

Recent Grants:
Non-Invasive Technology to Measure Cardiovascular Responses and Adaptations to Exercise. Miami University Student Technology Fee Proposal ($9,452). 2017.

Effects of Different Exercise Modalities on Postprandial Vascular Endothelial Function in Overweight and Obese Adults. College of Education, Health, & Society Research Seed Grant ($4,500) and Committee for Faculty Research ($3,000). 2017. 

Prior Aerobic Exercise to Attenuate Vascular Dysfunction Induced by Prolonged Sitting in Healthy Men. College of Education, Health, & Society Research Seed Grant ($4,500). 2016.


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