2018 Karpovich Lecture

Leveraging Exercise Science and Physical Education to Optimize Military Physical Performance: Science and Strategies to Bolster Military Readiness and National Security

Delivered by Bradley C. Nindl, PhD, Director of the Neuromuscular Research Laboratory/Warrior Human Performance Research Center at the University of Pittsburgh.

The readiness and deployability of the U.S. military is adversely impacted by an unacceptably high incidence rate of physical training-related musculoskeletal injuries that represent a major threat to the health and fitness of soldiers and other service members and that degrade our nation’s ability to project military power. This affects both financial and human resources. Army reservist Bradley C. Nindl, professor in the Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh, will discuss how leveraging scientific and technological advances and evidence-based best practices in physical education and exercise science will yield a fit, ready, and injury-free military.

Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, 6:30 p.m.
Cleveland E. and Phyllis B. Dodge Room, Flynn Campus Union

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, or if you have a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to fully participate in this event, please call (413) 748-3413 or email deansofficehper@springfield.edu by Nov. 1 to discuss your accessibility needs.

About Bradley C. Nindl, PhD , FACSM, COL (USAR)

Nindl is the director of the Neuromuscular Research Laboratory/Warrior Human Performance Research Center (NMRL/WHPRC) and professor in the Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. He also has dual appointments as the Senior Military and Scientific Advisor for the University of Pittsburgh Center for Military Medicine Research and at the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine and is an adjunct professor in the Department of Military and Emergency Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD.

Prior to coming to the University of Pittsburgh, Nindl worked for over 20 years as an Army Medical Department government scientist working for the US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine within the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command and the Army Institute of Public Health within the US Army Public Health Command. Nindl received a Bachelor of Science in biology from Clarkson University in 1989, a Master of Science in physiology of exercise from Springfield College in 1993, a Doctor of Philosophy in physiology from The Pennsylvania State University in 1999, and a Master of Strategic Studies from the US Army War College in 2012.

His research interests span human performance optimization/injury prevention and biomarker domains with a focus on adaptations of the neuromuscular and endocrine systems (growth hormone/insulin-like growth factor-I axis) to both exercise and military operational stress. He is internationally recognized for his work in these areas and was Co-Chair of the 3rd International Congress on Soldiers' Physical Performance in 2014 and has performed research sabbaticals at the University of Jyvaskyla in Finland (2009) and the University of Wollongong in Australia (2014) with the Finnish and Australian Defence forces, respectively. He is currently a principal investigator or co-investigator on funded studies addressing resiliency, biomarkers, physical and musculoskeletal readiness, and training adaptations from the DoD, NIH, NASA, and the British Ministry of Defence.

Nindl's previous awards include the American College of Sports Medicine Young Investigator Award in 2002 and the US Army's Surgeon General "9A" Proficiency Designator (the Army Medical Department’s highest award for professional excellence, bestowed on less than 2% of AMEDD military officers) in 2013. He is an associate editor for Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise and the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research and a Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine. He has over 150 peer-reviewed publications indexed on PubMed that have been cited over 4100 times with an h-index of 36. Nindl is also an Army Reservist (COL) and has commanded at the platoon, company, battalion, and brigade levels and is currently the Commander of the Southeast Medical Area Readiness Group in Nashville, TN which has nearly 2,000 soldiers and provides support, and command and control for 24 direct reporting units that include medical backfill battalions, medical support units, troop medical clinics, and veterinary and blood detachments throughout the southeastern U.S.. He was deployed in 2004-2005 in Mosul, Iraq as an executive officer for a military transition team embedded with the 25th ID as an Iraqi Army advisor and was awarded a Bronze Star and the Combat Action Badge. He and his wife Jeanne have 5 children: Ashley, Lyndsey, Zachary, Joshua, and Cooper.

What is the Karpovich Lecture?

The Peter V. Karpovich Lecture celebrates academics and strides in the fields of exercise physiology, research, sports medicine, and other related scientific aspects of physical education through inviting lecturers from the industry to speak on campus.

The lectures present a stimulating intellectual encounter for attendees and are open to the public. The lecture series was proposed by Peter Burdett '72. 

Peter V. Karpovich works with a student in the physiology lab.

Past Lecturers

  • 1973 - Dr. Elsworth R. Buskirk, “Coronary Heart Disease”
  • 1974 - Dr. Jean Mayer, “Nutrition and Health Risks”
  • 1975 - Dr. David H. Clarke, “The Muscle in Physical Performance and Fatigue”
  • 1976 - Dr. David B. Dill, “Responses of Men and Women to Exercise in Desert Heat”
  • 1977 - Dr. Benjamin Ricci, “Pitfalls and Potentials of Stress Testing”
  • 1978 - Dr. Ralph F. Goldman, “Physically Fit – For What?”
  • 1979 - Dr. David L. Costill, “Optimizing Athletic Performance”
  • 1980 - Dr. Charles Tipton, “Animal Models and Their Lessons for Exercise Physiology”
  • 1981 - Dr. Michael J. Pollock, “Exercise Prescription: Guidelines and New Concepts”
  • 1982 - Dr. Howard G. Knuttgen, “Muscle Contractions, Physiological Response and Sports Conditioning”
  • 1983 - Dr. G. William Hettler, III, “Evolution of the Health Fitness Movement”
  • 1984 - Dr. Russell E. Pate, “Physical Activity and Health: Implications for Public Policy”
  • 1985- Dr. Vassilis Kissouras, “Limits of Human Performance: What We Have Learned from the Study of Twins”
  • 1986- Dr. William P. Morgan, “Psychobiological Perspectives in Sports Psychology”
  • 1987 - Dr. Marlene J. Adrian, “Research and the Real World of Human Movement”
  • 1988 - Dr. Klaus Volker, “Sports and Hypertension: Risks and Benefits”
  • 1990- Dr. Jackie Puhl, “Footprints: The Past, Present and Future in Exercise Physiology”
  • 1991 - Dr. Roberta J. Park, “Athletes and Their Training in Britain and America,1800-1924: Social, Cultural, and Physiological Considerations”
  • 1993 - Dr. Mimi Murray, “The Professions from the Perspective of the AAHPERD Presidency”
  • 1994 - Dr. James A. Peterson, “Yes, You Can – Enabling Young Women to Reach Their True Physical Potential”
  • 1995 - Dr. Albert M. Paolone, “Gender and Performance in a Changing Society”
  • 1996 - Grant Allen Peacock, III, “Sports Fitness for the Disabled”
  • 1997 - Dr. Glenn M. Wong, “Sport Law and Sport Management in the 21st Century”
  • 1998- Mel Zuckerman, “Tomorrow’s Paradigms for Healthy Living”
  • 1999 - Dr. Carl Gabbard, “Your Child’s Brain: Windows of Opportunity – A Multi Sensory Approach to Learning”
  • 2000 - Dr. Anita White, “Women in the Olympics: One Hundred Years”
  • 2001 - Dr. John Lucas, “The Olympic Games in the 21st Century”
  • 2003 - Dr. Frank Pyke, “Maximizing Potential in High Performance Sport”
  • 2004 - Dr. William Kraemer, “The Physiology of Resistance Training”
  • 2005 - Dr. Andrew Zimbalist, “Sports, Stadium, and Economic Development
  • 2006 - Dr. Jack H. Wilmore, “The Obesity Epidemic: Focus on Treatment or Prevention”
  • 2007 - Marjorie J. Albohm, “Securing Athletic Training as a Health Care Profession – What Will It Take?”
  • 2007 - Dr. Lawrence F. Locke, “Redefining the Role of the Physical Education Teacher: Radical Changes to Meet New Demands”
  • 2008 - Dr. Kris Berg, “Metabolism of Non-steady State Work and Sport”
  • 2008 - Dr. John J. Ratey, “The Impact of Exercise on Learning”
  • 2009 - Dr. Arleigh Reynolds, “Relationship between Nutrition and Performance in Sled Dogs – A Study in Extremes”
  • 2010 - Dr. Mimi Murray, “Celebration of 125 Years of AAHPERD and Springfield College”
  • 2011 - Dr. Lynn Couturier, “Gazing Into the Crystal Ball: The Future of Physical Education”
  • 2013 - Dr. Robert W. Hamill, “Physical Activity and Neurorestoration: Spirit, Mind, and Body Revisited”
  • 2014 - Nancy Hogshead-Makar, “Title IX: We Won, Right? So, Why the Stubborn Disparities in Athletics?”
  • 2015 - Vincent J. Paolone, EdD, FASCM, “The Karpovich Legacy is Alive and Well”
  • 2016 - Robert D. Kersey, PhD, ATC, “Sport & Exercise Ergogenics: Who cares?”
  • 2017 - Ronald W. Davis, PhD, “Redefine, Reunite, Re-enter: Promoting Health and Well-being through Physical Activity for Non-military and Military Persons with Disability”
  • 2018 - I-Min Lee, MD, MPH, ScD, FACSM, "Physical Activity and Health: How Much Exercise is Enough?"

About Peter V. Karpovich

Peter KarpovichPeter V. Karpovich, MD, a native of Luga, Russia, received a medical degree from the State Military Medical Academy, Leningrad, Russia, in 1919. He served as a physician at the Red Cross Hospital, Kotelnich, Russia,  in 1919, and was appointed surgeon at the Military School of Physical Education, Etaterinburg, Russia in 1921. He later served as a surgeon-physician in Kamushloff, Russia, and in Leningrad.

Dr. Karpovich joined the Springfield College faculty in 1927 as professor of physiology. He assumed duties as director of health education at Springfield College in 1947 and was appointed research professor of physiology in 1955.

Dr. Karpovich authored more than 130 scientific articles on physical training and its effects on energy expenditure and athletics. His books include Adventures in Artificial Respiration, Weight Training in Athletics and Physiology of Muscular Activity. Among his numerous accomplishments in research physiology during his career at Springfield College was the invention of electrogoniometer, a device that automatically measures and records angles formed in human joints. Dr. Karpovich completed extensive studies in relation to the electrogoniometer and human movement through grants from the National Institute of Arthritis and Metabolic Diseases and the U.S. Government.

Dr. Karpovich was a fellow of the American Academy of Physical Education and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was a member of the American Association of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, as well as the Royal Society of Health, the American Physiology Society, and the New York Academy of Science. Dr. Karpovich, and his wife, Dr. Josephine Rathbone, were among the founders of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and he was chairman of its research committee. He was president of the ACSM in 1961-62 and was presented the organization’s honor award. Dr. Karpovich is considered by many to be the father of exercise physiology in the United States.