J. Luke Pryor, MS

Graduate Student, Kinesiology (Affiliate)

Research Overview

My professional goal is to create beneficial knowledge through research. My education began in athletic training and spread to comprise research interests including investigating injury prevention, improving endurance exercise performance, and environmental physiology with special interests in heat acclimation. In line with InCHIP’s mission and two of my research interests, while affiliated with InCHIP I plan on investigating the efficacy of an intermittent heat exposure intervention designed to maintain the prophylactic and ergogenic effects of heat acclimation.

Occupational workers including members of the military, firefighters, police, industrial workers, and athletes are often required to physically perform under oppressively hot environmental conditions. These individuals are at risk for exertional heat injury and often untoward cardiovascular demand potentially leading to a cardiac event. The findings of this research have the potential to improve the physical performance and health/safety of these occupational workers, impacting the broad society of public safety workers that protect our communities.

Previously, I worked on two InCHIP managed grants under Dr. Lindsay DiStefano, the Lower-Extremity Injury Prevention: Monitoring Changes Over Time and the Pediatric Sports Injury Prevention: Monitoring Changes Over Time. I have also been a part of several research studies in the Department of Kinesiology and the Korey Stringer Institute.


2009 Bachelor of Science in Health Science (athletic training) – Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
2010 Master of Science in Exercise Physiology – Ithaca College
2011- present Doctoral Candidate in Kinesiology – University of Connecticut

Featured Publications

Sanders K, Maresh CM, Ballard KD, Creighton BC, Pryor JL, Anderson JM, Kraemer WJ, Volek JS. Habitual exercise maintains endothelium-dependent dilation in overweight postmenopausal women. J Aging Phys Activ [In press], 2014.

Maresh CM, Sokmen BD, Armstrong LE, Diaz JC, Pryor JL, Creighton BC, Munoz CX, Casa DJ, Apicella J, Kraemer WJ, Anderson JM, Lee EC. Repetitive box lifting performance is impaired in a hot environment: Implications for altered work-rest cycles. J Occup Environ Hyg [In press], 2014.

Johnson EC, Pryor JL, Casa DJ, Belval LN, Vance JS, DeMartini JK, Maresh CM, Armstrong LE. Bike and run pacing on downhill segments predict Ironman triathlon relative success. J Sci Med Sport [In press], 2014.

Pryor JL, Huggins RA, Casa, DJ, Palmieri GA, Krarmer WJ, Maresh CM. 2014. A profile of a National Football League team. J Strength Cond Res [In press], 2014.

Pryor JL, Swensen T, Craig SAS. The effect of betaine on cycle sprint performance. J Int Soc Sports Nutr 9:12, 2012.

Contact Information
Mailing AddressDepartment of Kinesiology
2095 Hillside Road, Unit 1110
Storrs, CT 06269-1110