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Joe Eisenmann

Title:Associate Professor
Office:Driehaus Center
Department:Exercise Science


Joe Eisenmann is a diverse scholar-practitioner with 30 years of experience as a professor, researcher, sport scientist, coach educator, strength and conditioning coach, and youth sports coach. His general areas of scholarship focus on youth health and fitness, youth sports performance, and applied sports science. Eisenmann directed Spartan Performance at Michigan State University and has collaborated with USA Football, USA Hockey, and the English Premier League on their long-term athlete development models. He has also served as the head of strength and conditioning at IMG Academy. As a researcher, he has published 180 peer-reviewed scientific papers that have been cited nearly 20,000 times, which places him in the 99th percentile of the world’s scientists and leaders in sport science.


Ph.D. in Kinesiology (with a focus on pediatric exercise science)

Michigan State University

M.A. in Exercise Science

Northern Arizona University

B.S. in Physical Education and Health

Mayville State University

Areas of Specialization

  • Youth health and fitness

  • Youth sports performance

  • Testing and evaluation

  • Applied sports science

Courses Taught

  • EXSC 275: Physiology of Exercise and Sport
  • EXSC 366: Strength and Conditioning Theory

Selected Honors/Awards

  • Visiting Professor, Leeds Beckett University and the University of Saskatchewan
  • Chairperson, National Strength & Conditioning Association LTAD Special Interest Group
  • Advisory Board member, LTAD Network
  • Former Advisory Board member, FitnessGram


  • JC Eisenmann, R Howard, T Moreno. Long-term athletic development as a framework to influence wellness during childhood and adolescence. ACSM Health & Fitness Journal 24(5):24-31, 2020
  • JC Eisenmann, K Till, J Baker. Growth, maturation and youth sports: Issues and practical solutions American Journal of Human Biology  47(4):324-327, 2020
  • K Till, J Eisenmann, S Emmonds, B Jones, T Mitchell, I Cowburn, J Tee, N Holmes, R Lloyd. A coaching session framework to facilitate long-term athletic development. Strength and Conditioning Journal May 07, 2020
  • H Fullagar, A Govus, R McCunn, L Harper, JC Eisenmann. Practitioner perceptions of evidence-based practice in elite sport in the United States of America. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 33(11): 2897-2904, 2019
  • SP Cumming, DJ Brown, S Mitchell, J Bunce, D Hunt, C Hedges, G Crane, A Gross, S Scott, E Franklin, D Breakspear, L Dennison, P White, A Cain, JC Eisenmann, RM Malina. Premier League academy soccer players’ experiences of competing in a tournament bio-banded for biological maturation. J Sports Sciences 36(7): 757-765, 2017
  • S Cumming, RM Malina, JC Eisenmann, R Lloyd, J Oliver. Bio-banding in sport: Applications to competition, talent identification, and strength and conditioning. Strength and Conditioning Journal 39(2): 34-47, 2017
  • KR Laurson, P da Silva, GJ Welk, JC Eisenmann Reference curves for field tests of musculoskeletal fitness: The 2012 NHANES National Youth Fitness Survey. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 31(8):2075-2082, 2017
  • JC Eisenmann. Translational gap between the lab and playing field: new era to solve old problems in sports science. Translational Journal ACSM 2(8):37–43, 2017

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