Department of Exercise, Health, and Sport Sciences

Christopher B. Scott Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Office

Costello Sports Complex, 211 Field House, Gorham campus

Office Hours

Office hours by appointment

Contact Information

Phone: 207-780-4566

“Recent findings from our Human Performance lab confirm that energy costs actually rise in the recovery from some but not all types of exercise. We are currently determining what exercises specifically promote this extra energy cost and will be designing exercise programs to exploit this finding.” 

- Christopher B. Scott, Department of Exercise, Health and Sport Sciences

Academic Degrees

Ph.D., University of Wyoming, 2002

M.S., University of Arizona, 1990

U.S. Sports Academy, Master of Sport Science, 1985

B.S., Springfield College, 1984

Chris Scott is a leading contributor to the field of exercise physiology. A member of USM’s Exercise, Health and Sport Sciences faculty since 2002, Prof. Scott is the sole author of a textbook on the subject, “A Primer for the Exercise and Nutrition Sciences: Thermodynamics, Bioenergetics, Metabolism” (Human Press, 2008).   His research agenda focuses primarily on the energy costs of strength, speed and power-related activities.

Dr. Scott directs the Human Performance Laboratory, where he works closely with USM students on projects related to the estimation of energy expenditure before, during and after exercise and eating. He has published 49 articles in peer-reviewed journals and mentored over 45 undergraduate research projects. His research has been instrumental in measuring the “afterburn” effect. Recent findings confirm that energy costs actually rise in the recovery from certain forms of exercise. “We are currently determining what exercises specifically promote this extra energy cost and will be designing exercise programs to exploit this finding.”

Dr. Scott has served on the University Institutional Review Board, Research Council and College Peer Review; and has been the co-director of Thinking Matters (USM’s student research symposium). He is a former Chair of the Exercise, Health and Sport Science Department.

Dr. Scott talks about the energy costs of brief intense exercise and recovery: http://www.builtlean.com/2011/06/29/afterburn-effect-of-exercise-qa-with-dr-christopher-scott-phd/

Research Interests

Estimating the energy costs of strength, speed and power, before, during and after exercise, work and fitness-related activities

Recent Publications

Benito, P.J., Díaz, V., Morencos, E., Peinado, A.B., Cupeiro, R., Scott, C.B., Alvarez-Sánchez, M., Calderón, F.J. Total energy cost of three different circuit weight training protocols (in review).

Aniceto, R.R., Scott, C.B., Dias, R.M.R, Neves, S., Lins, T.A. and do Prado, W.L. Comparing the energy expenditure of aerobic and anaerobic exercise: a systematic review  (in review).

Scott, C.B. The effect of time-under-tension and lifting cadence on aerobic, anaerobic and recovery energy expenditure: 3 submaximal lifts. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab, 37:252-256, 2012

Scott, C.B. Glucose and fat oxidation: bomb calorimeter be damned.  Scientific World J, 2012:  (312463), 2012

 Scott, C.B. Oxygen costs peak after resistance training sets: A rationale for the importance of recovery over exercise. J Exer Physiol online, 15:1-8, 2012

Scott, C.B. Quantifying the immediate recovery energy expenditure after weight lifting. J Strength Cond. Res. 25:1159-1163, 2011

Scott C.B. and Earnest C. Weight lifting energy expenditure to fatigue cannot be based on non-fatigue measurements. J Exer Physiol online (Feb 2011). 

Scott, C.B. Excess post-exercise oxygen consumption. Encyclopedia of Exercise Medicine in Health and Disease. F.C. Mooren (Ed.), 2011. (invited contribution).

Textbook:  A Primer for the Exercise and Nutrition Sciences: Thermodynamics, Bioenergetics, Metabolism, Human Press, 2008

Faculty Research

In this video highlighting faculty research at USM, Dr. Christopher Scott discusses his research regarding consumption of oxygen during exercise.

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