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Ethan C. Hill, PhD, CSCS, EP, is an assistant professor in the School of Kinesiology and Physical Therapy at the University of Central Florida. He received his MS and PhD in exercise physiology from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and BS in exercise and sport science from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse. He is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and the American Physiological Society. The primary focus of Hill’s research is to identify the exercise modality that is most effective and efficient at stimulating muscle hypertrophy and increasing muscle strength in men and women. Hill examines eccentric contraction-based resistance training, low-load resistance training, blood flow restriction, and local vs. systemic hypoxia. His lab is currently applying their research to help mitigate age-related losses in muscle and endothelial function and to identify exercise countermeasures to offset the effects of zero gravity during prolonged spaceflight.

  • Ph.D., Doctor of Philosophy, Exercise Physiology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • CSCS, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • ACSM-EP, ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist
  • MS, Master of Science, Exercise Physiology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • BS, Bachelor of Science, Exercise and Sport Science, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association
Areas of Specialty
  • Neuromuscular and endothelial function
  • Resistance training interventions
  • Muscle function and fatigue
  • Sex-specific responses to exercise
  • Eccentric contraction-based interventions
Research Lab Affiliations
  • School of Kinesiology and Physical Therapy Shines at National NSCA Conference
    Written By: Drexler B. James '13 | July 13, 2021
    Faculty and students from the School of Kinesiology and Physical Therapy represented the College of Health Professions and Sciences during the annual National Strength and Conditioning Association conference, which was...
  • UCF muscle research needed to help send astronauts to Mars
    Written By: Spectrum 13 | April 18, 2021
    It is been more than a month since NASA’s Perseverance landed on Mars, the rover safely touching down sparking interest in many around the world for a trip to the Red...
  • UCF Researcher Aims to Preserve Astronauts’ Muscle Function in Space
    Written By: Megan Pabian | February 25, 2021
    Twenty years ago, landing people on Mars seemed like sci-fi, but with commercial spacecraft launching into space almost every month and NASA’s Mars Perseverance landing on the Red Planet last...
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