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Matt S. Stock is a tenured Associate Professor in the School of Kinesiology and Physical Therapy at the University of Central Florida. Stock serves as Director of the Institute of Exercise Physiology and Rehabilitation Science, as well as the Neuromuscular Plasticity Laboratory. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma under the careful mentorship of Professor Travis Beck. Stock’s research interests involve understanding the neuromuscular adaptations associated with disuse, aging/sarcopenia, and exercise rehabilitation. Studies in his laboratory utilize electromyography, motor unit recordings, transcranial magnetic stimulation, twitch interpolation, B-mode ultrasonography, and a multitude of muscle strength assessments. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts in respected journals such as the Journals of Gerontology: Series A, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Journal (PTJ), Experimental Gerontology, and Muscle & Nerve. Stock is an active member of International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology, the American Physiological Society, and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), while serving as an Editor of Experimental Gerontology, the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, and Frontiers in Physiology. He has served in leadership roles for several organizations, including serving as President of the National Strength and Conditioning Association Foundation’s Board of Directors. Stock has won numerous university- and national-level awards for his teaching and mentorship of doctoral students and early career researchers. He enjoys spending time in the laboratory while working with students, trainees, and collaborators 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


Areas of Specialty
  • Strength Training
  • Aging
  • Muscle Disuse
Research Lab Affiliations
  • 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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