Robert Herron

Robert Herron

The 2021 American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Annual Meeting and World Congress will feature a presentation of an abstract prepared by United States Sports Academy faculty member Robert Herron.

The ACSM meeting will be held online in June 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Herron collaborated with scholars from Pacific Lutheran University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on the abstract, titled “Tire Pressure’s Impact on Physiological and Performance Variables in Wheelchair Basketball Players.”

The project investigated how wheelchair-tire pressure impacted physiological and performance variables in wheelchair basketball drills. Participants completed three experimental trails during which their wheelchair’s tire pressure was set at one of three levels. During each visit the participants completed a battery of common wheelchair basketball performance tests or training activities. The athletes’ performance times, heart rate, perceived exertion, and blood lactate were monitored at standardized times throughout each session. Overall, the data show modest changes in tire pressure did not influence performance or physiological strain but large changes may; therefore, additional research in applied sport settings is warranted.

Herron is the Academy’s acting director of sports exercise science and is currently pursuing his Doctor of Education degree in sports management. He holds a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Auburn University at Montgomery and a master’s degree in exercise science from the University of Alabama. Additionally, he is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® with distinction from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA-CSCS*D) and a clinical exercise physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM-CEP). Herron has extensive experience in higher education teaching and applied research.