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Matt S. Stock is an Associate Professor at the University of Central Florida where he teaches within the Doctor of Physical Therapy program and directs the Neuromuscular Plasticity Laboratory. Stock obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma under the mentorship of Travis Beck. His research interests involve understanding the neuromuscular adaptations associated with aging, sarcopenia, resistance training, and disuse. Studies in his laboratory utilize electromyography, motor unit recordings, transcranial magnetic stimulation, twitch interpolation, B-mode ultrasonography, and muscle strength assessments. He has published over 80 peer-reviewed manuscripts in respected journals such as the Journals of Gerontology: Series A, Experimental Gerontology, and Muscle & Nerve. Dr. Stock is an active member of International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology, the American Physiological Society, and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He is Past President of the NSCA Foundation’s Board of Directors and serves as a Senior Associate Editor for the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. In 2017, Stock was named the NSCA Educator of the Year. He enjoys spending time in the laboratory while working with students on their research projects.

  • BS, Bachelor of Science, Exercise Science and Health Promotion, Florida Atlantic University
  • MS, Master of Science, Exercise Physiology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Ph.D., Doctor of Philosophy, Exercise Physiology, University of Oklahoma
Research Interests
  • Aging
  • Motor Unit Control
  • Neuromuscular Physiology
  • Strength Training
  • Fatigue
  • PHT 6156: Applied Human Physiology for Health Sciences
  • PHT 6606: Research Methods in Physical Therapy
  • PHT 6618: Research Applications in Physical Therapy
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  • New Kinesiology Scholarship Honors Strength and Conditioning Coach
    Written By: CAMILLE DOLAN ‘98 | September 16, 2019
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  • Stock Named Fellow of the National Strength and Conditioning Association
    Written By: Karen Guin | April 23, 2018
    Assistant Professor Matt Stock of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program has been selected a Fellow of the National Strength and Conditioning Association. The prestigious recognition is bestowed to members who have an exemplary...
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