Craig J. Cisar, Ph.D.
Spartan Complex 117
Dr. Cisar is a Professor of Exercise Physiology in the Department of Kinesiology at San Jose State University. Dr. Craig J. Cisar received a B.S. degree from the University of South Dakota in business administration, a M.P.E. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in exercise science, and a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in exercise physiology. Dr. Cisar is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and certifed by ACSM as an Exercise Test Technologist. Dr. Cisar is also certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and a Certified Personal Trainer. Dr. Cisar primarily teaches in the area of exercise physiology and other related exercise science courses. Dr. Cisar has numerous publications and presentations on topics related to various aspects of physical fitness, conditioning and training, limitations and determinants of sports performance, and physical activity and aging. Dr. Cisar is currently a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, National Strength and Conditioning Association and the Southwest Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine.
Ph.D. University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Exercise Physiology
M.P.E. University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Exercise Science
B.S. University of South Dakota - Business Administration (Emphasis in Accounting)
Expertise, Research & Teaching Interests
Dr. Cisar’s main area of expertise and academic training is exercise physiology and other related exercise science courses. The primary courses, which Dr. Cisar has taught is exercise physiology, advance fitness assessment and exercise prescription, and environmental exercise physiology in the undergraduate and graduate programs. In addition during recent academic years, Dr. Cisar has also taught beginning jogging and weight training in the activity program and physical fitness and nutrition and in the general education program. Dr. Cisar’s research interests parallel his expertise and academic training as he has numerous publications on topics related to various aspects of physical fitness, conditioning and training, limitations and determinants of sports performance, and physical activity and aging.
KIN 155 - Exercise Physiology
KIN 162 - Advanced Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription
KIN 256 - Environmental Exercise Physiology
Bellevue, O., Cisar, R., Cisar, C., Bowen, J., & Wilkinson, S. (2009). Evaluation and comparison of 300-yd and 500-yd shallow water run tests as predictors of aerobic power. International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education, 3, 378-397.
Clemens, C.A., & Cisar, C.J. (2006). The effect of footwear on the reliability of the 500- yard shallow water run as a predictor of maximal aerobic capacity (VO2max). Aquatic Fitness Research Journal, 3(1), 35-39.
Read, M.M., & Cisar, C.J. (2001). Influence of rest interval length on depth jump performance. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 15(3), 279-283.
Dunagan, N., Greenleaf, J.E., & Cisar, C.J. (1998). Thermoregulatory effects of caffeine ingestion during submaximal exercise in men. Aviation, Space, andEnvironmental Medicine, 69(12), 1178-1181.
Cisar, C.J., & Corbelli, J. (1989). The volleyball spike: A kinesiological and physiological analysis with recommendations for skill development and conditioning. National Strength and Conditioning Association Journal,11(1), 4-8, 76-81.
Cisar, C.J., Housh, T.J., Johnson, G.O., Thorland, W.G., & Hughes, R.A. (1989). Validity of anthropometric equations for determination of changes in body composition in adult males during training. Journal of Sports Medicine andPhysical Fitness, 29, 141-148.
Cisar, C.J., Thorland, W.G., Johnson, G.O., & Housh, T.J. (1986). The effect of endurance training on metabolic responses and the prediction of distance running performance. Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, 26, 234-240.
Green, K., Cisar, C.J., Holder, C.R., Layport, J.T., & Cobian, B.R. (July, 2011). Comparison of Two Training Programs for Increasing Power. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Las Vegas, NV.
Rosenberger, M., Cisar, C., Plato, P., & Duke, M. (June, 2005). Comparison of perceived and measured fitness in adults. Paper at the annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine, Nashville, TN.
Cisar, C.J., Phillips, C.M., & Russum, W.P. (1990, June). Determinants of cyclingperformance. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Strength and Conditioning Association, San Diego, CA.
Cisar, C.J., Johnson, G.O., Fry, A.C., & Ryan, A.J. (1987, June). Assessment of preseason muscular strength as a basis for specific conditioning. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Las Vegas, NV.
Cisar, C., Staley, C., Johnson, G., Fry, A., & Ryan, A. (1987, May). Physiological determinants of distance running performance across adolescent age groups. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine, Las Vegas, NV.
Cisar, C., Thorland, W., Johnson, G., Housh, T., & Hughes, R. (1986, May). Validity ofanthropometric equations for determination of changes in body composition in adult males during training. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine, Indianapolis, IN.
Cisar, C., Thorland, W., Johnson, G., & Housh, T. (1983, May). Aerobic and anaerobicthresholds and maximal oxygen consumption rates as predictors of distance runningperformance. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine, Montreal, Canada.
Undergraduate/Graduate Student Research Supervision
Segrove, G. (2014). The movement library: Combating muscle imbalance through exercise categorization.
Brown, W. (2013). A comparison of three anaerobic capacity tests.
Truong, D. (2012). A comprehensive review on ACL injury prevention programming for females age 7-12 years old.
Marah, M. (2012). iKettlebell.
Wilson, C. (2011). YMCA weight loss challenge instructor’s manual: Physical activity.
Alexander, S. (2010). Twelve-week linear periodization golf-conditioning program.
Barros, A. (2010). Plyometric training: A review of literature and informative brochure.
Benton, D. (2010). Improving jump height, sprint speed, and change of direction through strength and plyometric training for soccer teams with minimal equipment.
Corrado, L. (2010). Coaching more than the game: An injury prevention guide for the part-time your youth soccer coach.
Lo, S. (2010). Complete training progression for high school football.
Wilson, K. (2010). Hypothyroidism and exercise.
Barsanti, D. (2009). Creation of a website for online personal training.
Vasquez, A. (2009). Summer strength training program for SJSU men’s cross country.
Green, K. (2008). A comparison of two training programs for increasing power measured by the vertical jump.
Vu, A. (2008). The development of a professional personal training website.
Balangitao, M. (2007). Soccer fitness for the female weekend warrior.
Oettinger, M. (2007). Physical fitness assessment and program design for middle school students.
Phanfl, A. (2007). Triathlon training for the sedentary elderly.
Sollis, P. (2007). Assessing osteoporosis learning needs and preferences of exercise physiologists.
Clemens, C. (2006). Effect of footwear on the reliability of the shallow water run test.
Eklund, C.D. (2006). Strength and conditioning model for Las Positas Community College athletics.
Layport, J. (2006). An off-season periodization strength and conditioning program for DI volleyball.
Massian, F. (2006). Comparison of perceived physical activity to actual physical activity and the relationship to BMI.
Mayor, C. (2006). Prenatal fitness program.
Rial, N. (2006). A comparison of body weight, arm segment length, and strength.
Robbins, L.P. (2006). Muscles in motion: A companion test for KIN 31.
Schroeder, S. (2006). The relationship between acute mountain sickness and rating of perceived exertion on Denali.
Johnson, G. (2005). Use and perceived efficacy of nutritional supplements among track and field athletes.
Ramsey, M. (2004). Sport specific stretching manual.
Rosenberger, M. (2004). Perception of fitness and fitness testing in healthy adults.
Thompson, N. (2004). Exercise and pregnancy.
Meccia, S. (2003). Annual periodized strength and speed training programs for an amateur wide receiver.
Saxe, S. (2003). Functional assessment manual.
Attaway, T. (2002). Children and sports injuries.
Dickinson, L. (2002). The effect of motor unit discharge rate on central activation in older adults.
Hiroaki, N. (2001). Physiological attributes underlying successful performance in judo.
Camacho, M. (2000). Prevention of type 2 diabetes through proper nutrition and exercise.
Gilligan, J.M. (1999). The validity of 1-RM prediction charts for predicting submaximal workloads.
Lango, J. J. (1999). The relationship of performance tests to playing time of college football players.
Read, M.M. (1997). The effects of varied rest interval lengths on depth jump performance.
Asplund, G. (1995). A submaximal test for arm ergometry to determine peak oxygen uptake rate in upper body exercise.
Lieberman, H.B. (1994). The perception of ventilatory threshold and its accuracy for indicating anaerobic threshold.
Embree, J.R. (1993). Anthropometric, flexibility, and strength characteristics in male competitive rock climbers.
Hansen, M. (1993). The energy cost of females walking and jogging while pushing the baby jogger.
Dunagan, N.A. (1992). Thermoregulatory effects of caffeine ingestion during rest and exercise in men.
Meyer, D.F. (1992). Validation of the American College of Sports Medicine's published metabolic equation for walking using females 55 years of age and older.
Quevedo, H.F. (1992). The effects of rest interval length on acute physiological responses to heavy-resistance exercise.
Moberg, A.D. (1991). Physiological indicators in the prediction of firefighting ability.
Setterlund, S.S. (1991). Fitness changes in division 1-A offensive receivers during a 16-week college football season.
Sottovia, C.B. (1990). Study to estimate the content validity and reliability of a quality of life questionnaire designed for hypertensive patients.
Phillips, C.M. (1989). Triathletes: A physiological characterization. The contribution of selected physiological variables in the discrimination of triathlon performance.
Russum, W. (1989). Physiological determinants of rock climbing ability.
American College of Sports Medicine
National Strength and Conditioning Association
Southwest Chapter American College of Sports Medicine